Sharon Butler featured ‘In The Studio” at New York Academy of Art

Sharon Butler featured ‘In The Studio” at New York Academy of Art

Sharon Butler’s work is featured in The Faculty Exhibition at the New York Academy of Art. 

“In the Studio: New York Academy of Art Faculty Exhibition” presents 42 works of art from the Senior Critics, Full-Time Faculty, and Adjunct Faculty at the New York Academy of Art. This exhibition displays the breadth and complexity of the work produced by the creative community of the Academy’s faculty. From the meticulous and melancholy renderings of Michael Grimaldi to the mind-boggling bas reliefs of Jiannan Wu and the poetic abstractions of Sharon Butler, this display puts beyond question the value of studying with the world’s artistic masters.

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Jaye Moon included in New York Foundation for the Arts exhibition

Jaye Moon included in New York Foundation for the Arts exhibition

Jaye Moon is included in A View from the Mountaintop, curated by New York Foundation for the Arts, at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, October 30, 2022 to October 29, 2023.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” -Audre Lorde in “Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches,” 1984, book, quoted in Braille in the work. 

Viewers will experience the work of Jaye Moon through her deployment of brilliant colors, bold patterns, and the novelty of using universally appealing, unpolitical, mathematical toys as an art medium. Moon’s LEGO paintings contain messages transcribed in Braille, encoding the intricate human stories that we share. 

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Clemente to Marden to Kiefer: Remembering Peter Schjeldahl by R.C. Baker

Clemente to Marden to Kiefer: Remembering Peter Schjeldahl by R.C. Baker

What if you love art AND baseball? In the Eighties, Voice critic Peter Schjeldahl had the answer—and what other paper would’ve published it?

by THE VILLAGE VOICE

October 22, 2022

Peter Schjeldahl: March 20, 1942 – October 21, 2022

Editor’s note: Though I was a big fan, I never met Peter Schjehldahl in person. We only crossed paths on the pages of the Voice, in the 1990s, with him writing the lead, full-page art review most weeks while I was turning out the occasional Jockbeat article. Some years ago, though, after he’d been the New Yorker’s art critic for decades, we connected through our mutual admiration for, and writings about, the photographer Mark Morrisroe, who died of AIDS in 1989. 

Then, in 2018, Schjeldahl wrote an essay about one of the Voice’s periodic deaths, and I pointed out to him that the New Yorker’s vaunted fact-checkers had made an error about the location of the Voice’s offices. His reply, characteristically witty and channeling a bit of William Blake, instantly went into my wish-I’d-written-that folder: “The NYer checkers are as superhumanly anal as ever—on the print side, as very much opposed to the crazy berserk online mill.”

The following spring, I was talking to a grad student at NYU and baseball came up, as she is both a hardcore painter and a Cubs fan. I mentioned an astonishing baseball-art mashup I remembered Scheldahl writing back in the day, and later that afternoon I found it in one of the Voice’s bound archive volumes. I thought, “I should put this up for opening day.”

I sent the link to Schjeldahl, noting that I much admired the formal/conceptual heft of his “Clemente to Marden to Kiefer” piece and always lol’d at his description of the German painter Anselm Kiefer as a “two-ton Teuton.” 

A few hours later, he replied, “Takes me back. I loved the VV. Where else could conceivably have published this?”

Where else indeed?

It’s fall once again, and postseason baseball and the art world are in full swing, but, unfortunately, we must say goodbye to one of the giants. —R.C. Baker

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Adam Simon reviews Sharon Butler’s NEXT MOVES in the October 2022 issue of The Brooklyn Rail

Adam Simon reviews Sharon Butler’s NEXT MOVES on The Brooklyn Rail

ON VIEW

JENNIFER BAAHNG GALLERY

NEXT MOVES

September 15 – November 15, 2022

New York

Many of Sharon Butler’s Instagram followers are aware that most of the paintings she’s been making over the past six years began as daily cell phone sketches starting in 2016, using a program called PicsArt, that she posted daily. That her subtle explorations of painting vernacular began as digital sketches is just one of the disjunctions in her current exhibition, NEXT MOVES, at Jennifer Baahng Gallery.

Butler’s approach is an open embrace of rule breaking and the mismatched. The large four-panel piece, Four Days (2019–21) that takes up most of the first wall on the right when you enter the gallery, manages to appear simultaneously as a multi-panel piece and as four independent works. It’s possible to just appreciate the rich colors and nuanced paint handling, the monumentality of simple forms against atmospheric grounds. But it’s hard not to wonder if Butler isn’t also testing how strong the mental, perceptual glue is that binds paintings whenever two are contiguous. Is the glue strong enough that we assume the four panels were painted at the same time and were intended as one piece, or do we wonder instead if any or all the four could have been swapped out for different works?

It’s a delicate high-wire act that has us falling neither to one side nor the other. This balancing act is played out differently throughout the exhibition, a constant shifting between appreciating the work visually and thinking about the decisions that were made. For example, also in the first room, Bedfrence (2022) consists of two joined panels, the smaller of the two looking very much like an afterthought, as if Butler wanted the two orange vertical lines at the bottom to be longer than the canvas would allow, and so stuck on a smaller canvas to accommodate. Why not? And then, she shifted them to misalign those orange lines. It is a simple but powerfully effective move.

Two works that anchor the show, Quasi-Believer and Addenda (both 2022), remind me of the surrealist drawing game “exquisite corpse.” Butler is aware of the human mind’s ability to create coherence and she uses that to her advantage. It’s interesting to parse out how the individual panels connect and how they don’t.

Several of the larger works employ a background grid of small squares. Knowing the history of this series, the most obvious connection would be to the pixelation that might occur when the PicsArt drawings were scaled up to create the paintings. But there’s a dilapidated aspect to these backgrounds that just as easily conjures mosaic on subway walls. Positioning isolated geometric forms against these grounds feel associative, a dreamscape that references nothing specific.

Not to be missed is the grouping of smaller works, drawings, and ephemera in the back room. Here, Butler’s humor and idiosyncrasy are on full display. One collage piece is made up of newspaper headlines. It takes a moment to realize that they are referencing not Sharon, the artist herself, but the former prime minister of Israel.

NEXT MOVES doesn’t have any of the kind of abstraction that seems to be having a resurgence, the high-energy Ab-Ex moment held in suspension. Butler’s restlessness and penchant for disequilibrium also doesn’t lend itself to the kind of contemplation that tends to be associated with geometric abstraction. Her work can seem more theatrical than pictorial, her forms enacting some indecipherable narrative against a pixelated stage. You don’t get Matisse’s armchair (“I dream of … an art of balance, of purity and serenity …  something like a good armchair…”). What you get instead is a seat at the table in the next room, where there is a lively conversation taking place of forms that sometimes agree but often don’t, full of innuendo and wit and bad table manners.

Contributor, Adam Simon

Adam Simon is a painter living in Brooklyn. 

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A Conversation with Raphael Rubinstein and Sharon Butler

A Conversation with Raphael Rubinstein and Sharon Butler

Conjunctions, Addenda, Commutations

A Conversation with Raphael Rubinstein and Sharon Butler

Saturday, October 8, at 2 pm at Jennifer Baahng Gallery

On Saturday, October 8, at 2 pm, noted poet and art critic Raphael Rubinstein sits down with artist Sharon Butler to discuss “Next Moves,” Sharon Butler’s solo exhibition at Jennifer Baahng Gallery.  In this BAAHNG SPOTLIGHT event, Rubinstein and Butler will explore conjunctions, addenda, commutations, and the many ways artists navigate the passages from one body of work to the next.  

Admission is free.  Seating is limited. 

Raphael Rubinstein is a professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art. He is currently working on a forthcoming book, Negative Work: The Turn to Provisionality in Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury Academic).

Sharon Butler’s current show, “Next Moves,” is on view now through October 22, 2022, at Jennifer Baahng Gallery.

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Brooklyn Museum is showcasing MOTIVE, a film by Michael McClard

Brooklyn Museum is showcasing MOTIVE, a film by Michael McClard

Michael McClard’s film, MOTIVE, is included in the Jimmy DeSana: Submission exhibition at Brooklyn Museum in New York, from November 11, 2022 to April 16, 2023.

As part of punk aesthetics and its symbolic forms of resistance, Jimmy DeSana and his peers sought to forge art communities outside of official institutions. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, DeSana was heavily involved in New York’s punk and No Wave scenes and photographed prominent creatives for album covers and alternative publications. The
Jimmy DeSana: Submission exhibition at Brooklyn Museum will be the first to feature DeSana’s portraits of art and music luminaries such as Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, Kenneth Anger, Patti Astor, David Byrne, John Giorno, Debbie Harry, and Richard Hell. The Jimmy DeSana: Submission exhibition will also be showcasing MOTIVE, a film starring Jimmy DeSana, and made by Michael McClard.

 

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https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jimmy_desana

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Zhang Hongtu lectures and exhibits at the Wende Museum

Zhang Hongtu lectures and exhibits at the Wende Museum

 

Zhang Hongtu is featured in (De)constructing Ideology: The Cultural Revolution and Beyond exhibition at The Wende Museum in California, from November 13, 2022 to March 12, 2023.

 

 

The Wende Museum is an art museum, a historical archive of the Cold War, and a center for creative community engagement based in Culver City, CA.  The (De)constructing Ideology: The Cultural Revolution and Beyond exhibition examines the visual culture of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, with a focus on ceramics produced in Jingdezhen.  The exhibition also looks at the afterlife of the movement through contemporary art, wherein Chinese artists have appropriated and adapted the iconic images from this period for their own use today.


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Sharon Butler is included in GUIDED BY VOICES at LABspace

Sharon Butler participates GUIDED BY VOICES at LABspace, August 13 - September 18, 2022 exhibitions near me
Gallery artist Sharon Butler showcases ten works at “Guided by Voices,” a group exhibition, which runs from August 13 thru September 18, 2022.  The opening reception with Meet The Artist will be held at LABspace on August 13, Saturday, 1 to 5 pm.  
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Hyewon Yi Interviews Jaye Moon

“On April 29, 2022, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Korean-born New York artist Jaye Moon, whose second solo exhibition at Jennifer Baahng Gallery in New York had just closed. Moon is known primarily for her portable architectural sculptures and works made of Lego. Wings of Desire featured her recent body of conceptual work that utilizes a numerical system and the colors of Legos within the binary logic of Braille. Also exhibiting were some older works that have rarely been shown. This interview covers Moon’s career trajectory from her days as an art student in Korea to her most recent practice focusing on visual communication with particular references to film. Jaye Moon (b. 1963, Seoul, Korea) currently works in Brooklyn, New York, and is represented by Jennifer Baahng Gallery……”
 

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Eric Brown’s solo exhibition at ARTS CENTER at DUCK CREEK

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ERIC BROWN

The Particulars of Rapture

July 23 - August 28, 2022

Reception: July 23, 3-5 pm

ARTS CENTER at DUCK CREEK

…”When the pandemic hit in March of 2020, Brown stayed at his family’s house in Amagansett and continued to work on the series, and the paintings became a visual diary. “They provided me with a meditative practice during the worst months of the pandemic” he recalled. “Made up of delicate, repeated lines, the paintings suggest woven textiles, yet they are not facsimiles of a woven fabric—they do not rely on trompe l’oeil, shadows, or a constructed illusion of space. I don’t intend to make believable paintings of textiles. Instead, the marks of paint become the textile. The textiles are “woven” with oil paint. As paintings, they are straightforward, direct, and deliberately plain and unadorned. They rely on the imperfect calligraphy of my hand. The lines’ precariousness suggests a kind of fragility mitigated by interdependence.”…

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