Joan Semmel: A Woman’s Body
Two Coats of Paint

Sharon Butler blogs about Joan Semmel: New Work at Alexander Gray Associates, New York, on view through October 15, 2016. Butler writes: “Semmel’s lively, lyrical new paintings … depict fragmented sections of the aging female body, often from angles that can only be seen by women themselves. The gloriously large-scale nudes, all self portraits and […]

Lester Johnson’s Painting
Painting: Martin Mugar

Martin Mugar considers the achievements of painter Lester Johnson. Mugar writes: “Lester Johnson’s work is a profound meditation on our being in the world, with all the ambiguities between self and society. A psychologist and a sociologist can use these terms to describe the structure of both but they can’t tell you how it feels […]

Kyle Staver: Interview
Figure/Ground Communication

Gwendolyn Zabicki interviews Kyle Staver whose paintings are on view at Kent Fine Art, New York, on view through October 22, 2016. Staver comments: “I think there is a huge need to communicate, to tell stories. It is primal. I’m not saying that installation pieces aren’t communicating, but there is such a long history of […]

Kyle Staver @ Kent Fine Art

John Yau reviews paintings by Kyle Staver at Kent Fine Art, New York, on view through October 22, 2016. Yau concludes: “By introducing a touch of comedy, Staver opens up well-known myths and stories, making them more human than lofty. Wit, tenderness and empathy inform her views of the tragic, suggesting that we are not […]

Clintel Steed @ Steven Harvey

John Yau reviews Endymion: Recent Paintings by Clintel Steed at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, on view through October 9, 2016. Yau writes: “Steed strokes the paste-like paint onto the surface, creating an uneven tactile skin that is pebbled and brushy. This tactility is at odds with our digital world – its endless barrage […]

See It Loud: Seven Post-War American Painters

Three videos provide an excellent introduction to a group of painters who pursue(d) an expansive painterly vision in an era defined by increasingly reductive approaches in art.

Leslie Bell: Interview
Painter's Bread

Michael Rutherford interviews painter Leslie Bell about his work and process. Bell remarks: "The history of painterly expression goes back to the caves but skips generations along the way. The pendulum swings…loose; tight; loose; tight. What excites me most is a dynamic combination of description and expression. I remember as a little kid marveling at […]