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Painters' Table: Top 10 Best Posts, January 2012

Posted: 02/13/2012 11:39 am

Painting blogs have been loaded with images and mentions of the many fantastic exhibitions that opened last month, with much attention paid to new paintings by Bill Jensen at Cheim & Read and Joyce Pensato's Batman paintings at Friedrich Petzel. Shows by Martha Clippenger, David Goerk, June Leaf, and Edwin Dickinson were also widely discussed.

Some of the best posts, however, have been focused on what's happening in the studio. In addition to studio visits and interviews, there were posts on visual practice including Christopher Chippendale's essay Fluidity in Focus. Frank Hobbs also reacquainted readers with Mercedes Matter's enduringly relevant thoughts on valuing traditional disciplines. Ten great posts are below, and you can find more everyday on Painters' Table, the magazine of the painting blogosphere.

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Christopher Chippendale, Towards Little Thrumcap, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2011 (courtesy of Sopprafina Gallery, Boston

Painter Christopher Chippendale writes a short essay on perceptual painting entitle Fluidity in Focus.

Chippendale writes that "Being a perceptual painter means that I accept as a condition of painting that appearances are fundamentally unstable and relational, that reality is vulnerable to distortion both from without as well as from within. The flow of time itself, as measured by the changing conditions of light and color in a given scene before me, alters unceasingly the arrangements of sensations that present themselves at any given instant. So, too, do my perceptions of these things change from moment to moment."

Christopher Chippendale: Fluidity in Focus: New Paintings was recently on view at Sopprafina Gallery, Boston.

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