New American Paintings Blog: Kimberly Trowbridge’s Studio

I visit Seattle painter Kimberly Trowbridge’s lush retreat, in the unassuming neighborhood of Top Hat, for the latest post in the “Artist vs. Studio” series. Advertisements

New American Paintings Blog: Julia Freeman at 4Culture

Julia Freeman wrapped Gallery 4Culture in hand-painted and collaged floral wallpaper;  life-sized cutout photographs of shrubs and dark, amorphous masses float aimlessly within its center, intended to be pulled and arranged within the… Continue reading

Electric Blue Oasis: The Las Vegas Pool as Sign

Tourists en masse pause to photograph the Bellagio’s outdoor courtyard from a stylized, concrete balcony designed to evoke Northern Italy. Below them, five pool courtyards cover the landscaped expanse in a set of… Continue reading

From the House of Lords to Rehab: Celebrity in the Las Vegas Landscape

“There was a time in fabulous Las Vegas when Hollywood starlets mingled with world class entertainers, when comedians gathered after shows to laugh, drink and dine the night away, when brandy and wine… Continue reading

Diamond-Coated Vulgarities: The Wynn Esplanade and Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst’s For the Love of God would be at home in a window on the Wynn Las Vegas’s Esplanade. The Esplanade is an oversized arcade of designer stores, flanked by flowers and… Continue reading

Every Signifier on the Las Vegas Strip: Fifteen Days, Endless Simulacra

This week, I begin a fifteen day trip to Las Vegas, Nevada, to seek and document art experiences within the notorious mecca of American popular culture. While turning a critical eye to Sin… Continue reading

New American Paintings Blog: Interview with Claire Cowie

Claire Cowie’s colossal multi-panel work on paper, Dead Reckoning, turns the smallest of gallery spaces into a deceptively vast environment. The artist’s new show at James Harris Gallery contains only a handful of… Continue reading

New American Paintings Blog: Letting Go of the Weight

Seattle-based gallery SOIL’s March shows Flat & Bright and The ghosts of Joey Veltkamp provide an antidote to the city’s dominance by heavyweight painter Picasso in recent months. I write up these two… Continue reading

Glowing from Afar: The Look of Light with Ulterior Motives

Spencer Finch‘s The Light at Lascaux (Cave Entrance) September 29, 2005 5:27 PM beckons from behind a corner inside Western Bridge. Although only visible through its reflected light prior to physically entering its… Continue reading

New American Paintings Blog: Hit the North (47° 60′N)

Sumi ink, aluminum, western red cedar and Gore-tex comprise the unexpectedly diverse body of work by Seattle-based artist Victoria Haven in her new exhibition Hit the North (47° 60′N) at Greg Kucera Gallery. … Continue reading