Rob Colvin

Galleries

An Artist’s Hard-Earned Dream Drawings

by Rob Colvin on August 20, 2015

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HUDSON, N.Y. — One of the worst things an artist can have is too much skill.

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It’s been about a hundred years since Kazimir Malevich supplanted all imagery in painting with iconic shapes that point not to this world but to one he thought would come.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Susan Morris

by Rob Colvin on April 17, 2015

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Susan Morris takes self-inventory — tracks the “I” — by actively collecting traces of herself through records of several kinds, and by several means.

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The characters of novels often know things the reader doesn’t.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Clive Hodgson

by Rob Colvin on March 17, 2015

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Clive Hodgson started as an abstract painter, switched to figuration, then turned back to abstraction after his distaste for narrative and object-based painting grew; he found that it was no longer tenable.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Sherman Sam

by Rob Colvin on February 9, 2015

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“I decided to make abstraction paintings because they were the hardest, and, to me, most interesting thing to do.”

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: WIL

by Rob Colvin on December 29, 2014

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The elusive Des Lawrence picked for this series an artist he confessed was “hard to track.” But John Wilkins, who goes by WIL, is an “overlooked genius,” he said.

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Galleries

Text Messages from the Margins

by Rob Colvin on December 8, 2014

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Christian Berst gallery’s inaugural exhibition Do the Write Thing: Read Between the Lines is a wake up call to artists who risk losing their art in search of their career.

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Interviews

Artists Pick Artists: Des Lawrence

by Rob Colvin on November 25, 2014

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I crossed my fingers and wrote as persuasively as I could when asking Des Lawrence for an interview. The artist Tom Chamberlain, who picked him, warned me, “there’s a possibility he might refuse; it’s hard, but worth it, getting him to talk about his work.” Indeed, there is nothing on the internet written or said by him. I know of nothing in print.

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Books

Repicturing Black Fatherhood

by Rob Colvin on November 20, 2014

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I overheard a man suggest to another that Father’s Day be renamed. For him, and for so many other black men he knew, there was or is no biological father to celebrate the holiday with.

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