by Anne Sherwood Pundyk
The artist’s grandmother instigated a complex creative lineage ...
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The artist’s grandmother instigated a complex creative lineage ...
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The artist’s grandmother instigated a complex creative lineage ...
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The artist’s grandmother instigated a complex creative lineage ...

Featured Exhibition: Margaret Grimes Memorial Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery

Margaret Grimes was not just a painter of nature, she was a force of nature. She belongs to an illustrious lineage of artists depicting New England, in her case primarily Connecticut and Maine, and yet her take on this canonical terrain was always fresh and uniquely her own—won, in fact, from intrepid battling through forbidding obstacles in search of untrammeled wildness, which was her actual subject. As Susanna Coffey wrote in these pages in a tribute to Grimes when she died in 2020: “Each completed painting was the result of many trips to the place where it was first begun. She needed to revisit the foliage, lighting and weather conditions with which she had started. Of course, she struggled with the inevitable changes she found, for that is what she loved about painting landscape. Inspired by the intricacy and linearity of briary thickets, choking vines, entwined scrub or clumps of broken sticks and bare branches, she painted attentively, as if deciphering an ancient vegetal code. She not an artist who favored the picturesque.” This belated memorial exhibition, organized by her daughter Carolyn Wallace at Blue Mountain Gallery, is her 19th with this artists’ coop of which she was a founder member. Again, true to subject and personality alike, Margaret Grimes continued timeless traditions by being a founder of new institutions—her gallery being one and the highly regarded MFA program at Western Connecticut State University being another. DAVID COHEN

image: Dawn Elegy, 2010

Through February 26, with closing day concert by Bill Warfield and friends, 2-4pm
547 West 27th Street, Suite 200.

 



Alain Kirili 1946-2021


May 20th, 2021 | THE EDITORS
Michael Attis, Maria Mitchell, Dorothea Rockburne and Barry Schwabsky join moderator David Cohen on Zoom ...
Alain Kirili. Photo: Ariane Lopez-Huici, 2018
December 27th, 2018 | Mary Jones
The joy of creation beats the negativity of illness ...
Cabaret Sign “Bat,” late 18th century–early 19th century. France. Wrought iron and rolled iron, repoussé, fastened with rivets; glass, 24-3/4 × 24-1/4 × 2 3/8 inches. Musée de la ferronnerie Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen
December 13th, 2015 | Alain Kirili
In honor of the artist and great friend of artcritical we repost this review of iron works from...

Tributes


Louise Fishman in her studio 2019. Photo by Nina Subin
August 14th, 2021 | Rebecca Allan
In recent years she began to enjoy long-overdue recognition ...
February 8th, 2021 | Don Kimes
The sculptor was a key figure in the foundation of the New York Studio School ...

Dispatches


Installation shot, Brenda Zlamany: The Itinerant Portraitist at Re Institute, Millerton, NY, 2021. Photo by the artist
August 23rd, 2021 | Phoebe Hoban
The Itinerant Portraitist on view at the Re Institute through September 18 ...

Exhibitions


October 22nd, 2021 | Jason Stopa
A survey of his paintings from 1987 to 2020 ...
Tomashi Jackson, The Three Sisters, 2021. Mixed media, 95 x 66-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tilton Gallery
August 25th, 2021 | Joyce Beckenstein
Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim at the Parrish Art Museum July 7 to November 7, 2021 79 Montauk...
May 14th, 2021 | Jacob Brooks
Her Lower East Side show is on view through May 16 ...

latest podcast


April 15th, 2021 | THE EDITORS
Joining David Cohen to discuss exhibitions by Julie Mehretu and Matthew Bollinger ...

Studio visits


April 18th, 2020 | David Cohen
An interview from 1999. Kahn passed away March 15, 2020 ...

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Essay


Tony Robbin, 2007-8, 2007. Acrylic on Canvas, 56 x 70 inches. Courtesy the artist.
December 3rd, 2020 | David Brody
This in-depth essay describes at artist at home in the fourth dimension ...

Books


July 24th, 2020 | Max Kozloff
Role play and identity in an artist’s book ...

Art Fairs


March 27th, 2020 | Joyce Beckenstein
This cultural extravaganza took place in the first week of February ...