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  • Two artists at RandallScottProjects mine surfaces in painting, pushing aside the problem of illusion and image

    Two artists at RandallScottProjects mine surfaces in painting, pushing aside the problem of illusion and image
    “Painting is just pushing colorful mud around a surface with a stick,” a teacher once declared to my painting class. This was five years ago, and, at that time, it kind of floored me. But then it spurred me to rethink “painting,” and now I feel like I’m seeing paintings everywhere—on rain-soaked concrete, covered-up graffiti, and the way the sunlight hits the side of a building at the right time of day. Artists have been making paintings without really even using paint for quite some time now, putting aside the problem of the “image” and what it could mean, in favor of the “construction and destruction of surface,” as City Paper contributor Michael Farley recently observed for the blog Art F City about the New York-based NADA fair. The works in the show “surface surface (hey mr. goat),” at RandallScottProjects through June 6, aren’t literal paintings, but New York artists Chris Dorland and Joe Pflieger both explore surface, color, and texture in a painterly way without really getting their hands dirty.
  • 'Girl in a Band' is Kim Gordon's unconventional self-creation tale

     'Girl in a Band' is Kim Gordon's unconventional self-creation tale
    Feminism never actually promised women they could have it all, but Kim Gordon seemed to nail it anyway. A founding member of the long-running experimental rock group Sonic Youth, she had the successful band, the devoted husband (her bandmate Thurston...

    Cy Twombly 'blackboard' work sells for $30 million at Christie's auction

    Cy Twombly 'blackboard' work sells for $30 million at Christie's auction
    An abstract work by Cy Twombly brought in about $30 million Wednesday at a Christie's auction in London, where it was the top-selling item in a sale of postwar and contemporary art that realized a total of $178.4 million. The untitled Twombly work is...

    Gerhard Richter painting brings in $46.3 million at auction

    A 1986 abstract painting by Gerhard Richter brought in $46.3 million on Tuesday as part of a Sotheby's auction of contemporary European art. The London sale brought in a total of $188.2 million, which the New York-based auction company said was an in-...

    Three art shows in San Diego recall abstraction's prominence

    Abstract paintings and sculptures were once the gold standard of Modern art. They spoke of adventurous aesthetic expeditions into hitherto unexplored visual realms. Since the 1950s the figurative banner was held high by marvelous painters such as...