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Sharon L. Butler maintains the influential art blog Two Coats of Paint. Created in 2007 to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects Two Coats of Paint has been funded by Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writing Program and has been sponsored by numerous arts organizations, including The Brooklyn Museum, School of Visual Arts, Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Connecticut.

Entries by Sharon L. Butler

Peter Halley: Hyperreal

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 1:03 PM

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When I stopped by the Florence Griswold Museum during a snowstorm in mid-March to see Peter Halley's retrospective, the glowing neon color and interlocking geometric forms - what he has called cells, prisons (that is, rectangular sets of prison bars), and...

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Deborah Brown's Bushwick: An Artist Grows in Brooklyn

(5) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 1:48 PM

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Deborah Brown telling stories about her neighborhood.

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Deborah Brown, "Hybrid #1," 2010, oil on canvas , 36" x 36"

On the occasion of "The Bushwick Paintings," her exhibition at Lesley Heller, I met...

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Jerry Saltz's Burden

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 9:56 AM

James Panero and me discussing social networking media face-to-face over pizza and beer at an exhibition at STOREFRONT in Bushwick. Photo courtesy Jason Andrew.


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Blast Radius

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 5:46 PM

Joy Garnett,"Lost," 2010, oil on canvas, 60" x 70"
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NYC Gallery Visit: Angelina Gualdoni at Asya Geisberg

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2010 | 3:32 PM

Angelina Gualdoni, "Untitled (Dusty Dusky)," 2010, acrylic and oil on canvas, 47 x 52"

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Abstract Expressionist New York: Line and Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted October 13, 2010 | 3:50 PM

Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), "Blast, I," 1957, oil on canvas, 7' 6" x 45 1/8." The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Philip Johnson Fund © Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation/Licensed by...
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The Language of Experience: For Farrell Brickhouse, Painting Is a Lifelong Process

(1) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 11:10 AM

Farrell Brickhouse, "Struggle 5, Dancing Bear," 2009, oil on canvas, 18x18"


Farrell Brickhouse's paintings are small, jewel-like emotion-objects, brimming with authentic, unmediated feeling that seems...

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NYC Gallery Visit: Sarah Walker and Ken Weathersby

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 3:17 PM

After a meeting in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn the other day, I stopped by Pierogi 2000, one of the pioneer galleries in this once humble, now rather chic neighborhood. Pierogi, begun in 1994 by artist Joe Amrhein, is especially well-known for its huge flatfile, containing...

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Vija Celmins: The Artist and a Human Gesture

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 3:37 PM

Vija Celmins, "Table with Tablets," 2008-10, table: wood and acrylic 6 found tablets 1 made tablet: wood, acrylic, alkyd oil, and pastel...
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Real Artists Paint Portraits?

(5) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 2:35 PM

 Pablo Picasso, "Weeping Woman," 1937, 23 ⅝ х 19 ¼", Courtesy Tate Gallery


The first challenge for the 14 artist-contestants on Work of Art, Bravo's new...

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NYC Gallery Visit: Allison Gildersleeve and Eric Jeor

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 12:13 PM

Allison Gildersleeve, "The Gully Behind," 2010, oil and alkyd on canvas, 54" x 52" 
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And The Winner Is...Everybody

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 10:43 AM

In March of this year, the Mindshare Awards, acknowledging innovative websites that support lifelong learning, creativity, professional skills, or social responsibility in 25 categories, were announced. The awards, from eLearners.com, a PR-savvy organization that aims to connect non-traditional college students with online programs and universities - admittedly for...

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Artists take on the art industry in New York

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 10:17 AM

 "Collecting With Your Eye,  Not Your Ear," discussion organized by Barry Hoggard and James Wagner. Image courtesy Winkleman Gallery.


#class, a sprawling and innovative project...

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Twitter Notes

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2010 | 10:31 AM

Here are some recent items cut and pasted from the Two Coats of Paint Twitter Feed. For readers unfamiliar with Twitter, "RT" indicates the item has been repeated, or "retweeted," from someone else's Twitter feed.


  1. RT @artwhirled: RT @

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The Art Spirit @ The National Academy Museum

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 2:13 PM

 Stardust Atkeson, "Night Watch - Bernie Mac," 2009, 22 x 24"


At Hyperallergic, a new NYC art...

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A 2010 Whitney Biennial Biopsy

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2010 | 9:10 PM

In their opening remarks, the 2010 Whitney Biennial curators Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari confessed that they approached the selection process (gasp) open-mindedly, without a preconceived theme. Fortunately, the exhibition itself faithfully reflects their intent, presenting a resonant sampling of contemporary art practice. That is not to say that...

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