Patrick Neal reports on the recent panel discussion Painting Matters Now: A Conversation moderated by Nancy Grimes, held at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Panelists included Greg Drasler, Laurie Fendrich, John Dubrow, Mario Naves, and Peter Plagens.
Neal writes that Grimes "explained this panel had come out of 'conversations I had with colleagues about the state of painting,' in which they asked each other 'Why are young artists choosing to paint, despite attempts to drive a stake through painting? Why does one medium attract so much malice, particularly in the academy?' The focus of this panel was thus on 'What matters with painting now and why?'
James Kalm visits Peter Plagens' exhibition I Don't Give a Damn/Every Moment Counts and Joan Bankemper's show of painterly ceramic sculptures at Nancy Hoffman Gallery through February 19, 2011. In addition to a video tour of the shows with accompanying commentary Kalm also speaks with both Plagens and Bankemper about their work.
Mario Naves considers the opposing attitudes (toward painting) of well-known author Henry Miller, whose paintings are the subject of the book Paint As You Like And Die Happy, and Peter Plagens, whose current show is titledI Don’t Give A Damn/Every Moment Counts at Nancy Hoffman Gallery.
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.