Looking at Blogs

Yeah, yeah, I know I haven't been my usual prolific blog self lately. Sometimes life gets in the way, so today I'm aggregating a few blog posts I read regularly. But this is an interactive post. I also want to know what blogs you read--or which posts from these blogs you particularly liked.

Updated 2.12: Scroll for links to additional blogs provided by readers

Studio Critical
Author: Valerie Brennan

Description:  "This blog is about process, practice and getting to know a little bit more about what painters get up to in the studio."
Current post: New York Painter Leslie Wayne
"I generally have around 5 or 6 panels going on at a time, but they don’t all require the same amount of focus and deliberation. Some paintings simply need another layer of color applied and left to dry, where others call for some sort of resolution."

Image: Leslie Wayne, Untitled (yelloworangeteal),2013, oil on wood; here, detail

Editor: Brett Baker
Description: "Magazine of the p-ainting blogosphere"--a digest of writing compiled by Baker, with features by Baker
Recent links from the blogosphere: 
. Leslie Wayne and Lisa Pressman via Studio Critical
. Sigmar Polke by Victor Maldonado at the Portland Art Museum via Port
. Nancy Spero by Thomas Micchelli via Hyperallergic
. A report by Baker on the Jay DeFeo show at San Francisco MoMA 
Image:  Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958-66; oil with wood and mica on canvas; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of The Jay DeFeo Trust, Berkeley, CA, and purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee and the Judith Rothschild Foundation; © 2012 The Jay DeFeo Trust

Editor: Sharon Butler
Description: "I created Two Coats of Paint to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects."
Current posts:
. Michelle Forsyth at Auxiliary Projects in Bushwick
. Mario Naves and Brett Baker at Elizabeth Harris Gallery
" Where Naves paints thin and elegantly hard edge, keeping his lively images on the surface, Baker goes thick and clotty, creating small-scale blocks of abstraction, seemingly squeezed directly from the tube. Baker's paintings are darker and more obsessive than Naves, and they suggest that he is entertaining a philosophical question, trying to convince himself that, despite all practical evidence to the contrary, meaning resides in the process. And so he continues--we all do." 
Image: Brett Baker, Sisyphus (after Camus), 2008-2011, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches.

Winfred Rembert, Candy Soda, 2004. Dye on carved and tooled leather, 35 x 27 inches.  Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine ArtArtcritical
Editor: David Cohen
Description: "The online magazine of art and ideas"
Current post: Cohen's  In From the Cold: The Outsider Art Fair
"The whole discourse of 'outsider' is arguably turned around in an art world where academic training has largely dispensed with formal skill sets and where artists are encouraged to dwell upon their obsessions or aspects of their identity that makes them 'other.”' But this doesn’t make anyone an outsider. Nor does it seem to rob the genuine outsiders of their authenticity."
More: Cohen is the founder, organizer and moderator of The Review Panel, a monthly examination of three or four exhibitions selected by Cohen and discussed by a changing group of art critics. Here's the link to a Podcast of the November 2012 Review Panel in which Blake Gopnik, Jane Harris and Christian Viveros-Faune join Cohen in discussing shows at the Met, the Brookyn Museum and Hunter College
Image: Winfred Rembert, Candy Soda, 2004, dye on carved and tooled leather, 35 x 27 inches. Courtesy of Kinz + Tillou Fine Art

As art writing in the mainstream press continued to diminish the art blogosphere is ever more essential to us.  I'll continue to make my contribution as well. But for today,  it's your journalistic contribution that counts. Tell us what art blogs you read. 
What you're reading
As you post your links in the Comments section, I'll create live links here:

Toby Sisson
Daily Serving
Dawoud Bey's What's Going On

Katherine Tyrrell's Making a Mark
Daniel Maidman
Gurney Journey

Tamar Zinn:
Altoon Sultan's Studio and Garden
Lynette Haggard Art Blog
The Brooklyn Rail 

Lynette Haggard:
Nancy Natale's Art in the Studio
Abstract Critical
Lisa Pressman
Deborah Barlow's Slow Muse
Structure and Imagery

Thomas Hoadley:
Altoon Sultan's Studio and Garden
Deborah Barlow's Slow Muse

Annell Livingston:
Some Things I Think About

Jeanne Heifetz:
In the Make

Michael Chesley Johnson
Google Reader bundle of painting blogs

Anonymous 1
Look and Listen by Yifat Gat 
Paul Behnke's Structure and Imagery
Tamar Zinn 
Non-Objective Painting
Drawing in an Expanded Field (en français) 

Anonymous 2
Leslie Parke 

Sharon Butler:
Raphael Rubenstein's The Silo
Mira Schor's A Year of Positive Thinking 
Carol Diehl's Art Vent
Joshua Abelow's Art Blog Art Blog
Catherine Kehoe's Powers of Observation
Nancy McCarthy's Painting: Personal and Powerful

I'm adding Two more:
Sharon Butler's Two Coats of Paint
And  Shana Dumont Garr,  the mag-style website of the art historian/curator

Susan Shulman
William Everton 

Diane McGregor
Edward Winkleman 
Rebecca Crowell


Eva said...

This is perhaps for another post, another time, but what I have noticed is a slow decline in blogs altogether. You are a big exception. But many of us went to Facebook. This was both bad and good. I almost feel like I would have to quit FB to get my blog mojo back. And I don't mean just writing one - I mean reading them too. There was at one time a big critical mass in blogs just on Portland alone. Almost all of them are gone and the ones which still exist are not quite the same.

Toby Sisson said...

I regularly keep tabs on the blogs you noted and especially love Sharon Butler's coverage of under exposed painters. Among my favorite digital publications (not sure if they qualify as true blogs) are Hyperallergic -- and Daily Serving --

I subscribe to several of these "zines" and get updates in my e-mailbox that allow me to browse an aggregate of articles, interviews, openings, etc. Along with your excellent blog posts I really appreciate the views of Dawooud Bey too --

Thanks for posing this question, Joanne. I'm curious to hear what others find enlightening.

Joanne Mattera said...

Eva: You are correct. Blog reading seems to have declined thanks to FB. I do like that conversations can take place in almost real time. But reading about art--for free and typically about artists you won't read about in the Times or in the art magazines--is on the decline. Indeed, every December after the art fair coverage I wonder, "Do I want to do this for another year?"

Toby: Thanks for your links. I have started a new section at the bottom of the post with live links. Your name and links are the first on the list. Thank you.

Tamar said...

While there is a lot out there in terms of quantity, the content and quality of writing is quite variable. I rely on Painter's Table for an overview, and also visit all of the blogs you mentioned in your post. Sometimes I read up about exhibits, but at other times I'm interested in artists writing about their studio practice. I read Altoon Sultan's Studio and Garden an eclectic mix which includes observations about exhibits and museum collections, as well as extensive reflections on Altoon's own practices. I also read Lynette Haggard's ongoing series of interviews with artists
Although Brooklyn Rail isn't officially a blog, I check out their articles as well.

jane said...

Making A Mark is the best UK blog, covering all sorts of art-related stuff, Daniel Maidman thinks very deeply and Gurney Journey always has a really interesting comments section.

(Just a few.)

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. Of course, I produce and read mine:
and I am a consistent subscriber to yours, as well as these blogs:

Thomas Hoadley said...

Thanks for the post, Joanne. I always admire your many talents and the time you put into this for the benefit of all. The same goes for my other favorite blogs, Studio and Garden, mentioned before, and Slow Muse by Deborah Barlow. Deborah is an artist who reads widely and in depth. The ideas she harvests from numerous sources all relate to the creative process and are always thought provoking. They help us understand the inner motivations of our artistic actions, and so much more.

Valb said...

Thank you for including Studio Critical Joanne. I am a big fan and reader of your blog!

annell4 said...

I read you regularly, and then skip around...I just don't have that much time on the computer.

Louise P. Sloane said...

Joanne..I read nearly all of these, and receive postings from many. Its a great way to stay on top of the multitude of exhibitions happening everywhere. For me, this is what I read while paint is drying in the studio. If I find a particular article that hits it home for me, I will generally share it on fb for other artists to read.

Altoon Sultan said...

Thanks, those of you who read my blog, and thanks, Joanne for posting a link.
There is usually a much livelier discussion about my blog posts on facebook than there ever is on comment threads on the actual blog, which is great. But blogging allows for more in depth writing and thinking.

Jeanne Heifetz said... -- wonderful studio visit blog out of Northern California.

Michael Chesley Johnson, Artist / Writer said...

I usually scan a couple dozen blogs each morning, using Google Reader. These are a variety of art blogs - illustration, fine art, you name it. I've created a "bundle" for the most common ones that people might be interested in:

Anonymous said...

Alot of great blogs out there at the moment:) Next to friends blogs, my favorite is probably Altoon Sultan's blog which is regularly updated. Some blogs and media I read when I can are:

Brooklyn Rail of course

Look and Listen by Yifat Gat

Bad at Sports

Structure and Imagery by Paul Behnke

Tamar Zinn's blog

Non objective Painting

Drawing in an Expanded Field

Paul's Art Daily

Unknown said...

I find Leslie Parke's posts always make me think about a particular work of art or an artist in a new way.

Sharon @ Two Coats of Paint said...

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for the shout. I've been writing Two Coats of Paint since 2007, and each year I wonder if this might be the last. But maintaining Two Coats is a labor of love and has become an integral part of my art practice, so I continue.

I read many of the blogs mentioned above and also recommend the following:

Raphael Rubinstein's The Silo

Mira Schor A Year of Positive Thinking

Carol Diehl's Art Vent

Joshua Abelow's Art Blog Art Blog

Happy blizzard, stay warm,

Sharon said...

And, I forgot to mention two blogs that are excellent resources for painting students:

Catherine Kehoe's Painting: Powers of Observation,

Nancy McCarthy's Painting: Personal and Powerful

julia schwartz said...

Joanne, this is great! I've always been incredibly impressed by anyone who could paint and blog simultaneously. I started a blog and managed a few entries before giving up. I know several of these quite well- studiocritical, artcritical, two coats, painters table; too many to re-name here. But I'm happy for the new additions to check out.

Susan Shulman said... is the blog I most follow. WIlliam Evertson adds his commentary to what happening in the art scene as well as sharing his technical savvy on various printing processes. I have learned a lot about solar printing and book making from him.

vito pasquale said...

What a great idea for a posting. . . In addition to some of the ones mentioned above, I visit Triangulation Blog and Art Critical
just about every day.

Diane McGregor said...

Great idea to be sharing all these blogs. I read Edward Winkleman's blog at Also, Rebecca Crowell is a very thoughtful and articulate painter - her blog is at

Paul Behnke said...

Hi Joanne,
So much great stuff out there and I'm learning about more from this post.

In addition to your blog, Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic, and Painter's Table a few of my favorites are:

Supreme Fiction by James Panero
Thoughts That Cure Radically
Abstract Critical
Gorky's Granddaughter

Cathy Missaghi said...

Right now I am loving

Art Propelled....
Lynette Haggard ..

I also love doing my own blog I hope blogs are not disappearing I prefer this format to FB. FB is quick but missing substance.Keep blogging!

nemastoma said...

Brett Baker said...

Hi Joanne,

Thanks for mentioning Painters' Table and so many other great art blogs. I have been following hundreds of blogs for several years and maintaining Painters' Table since 2010. Although I recognize the value of Facebook and Twitter for their immediacy and potential for community engagement, the conversations on social platforms tend to be ephemeral. Blogs, on the other hand, are lasting records of an artist's thoughts and interests. For this reason they have the potential to provide the reader with a rich and thorough understanding of an artist's practice. A great example of this is the late Gabriel Laderman's blog. It is still online and is one I would recommend reading from start to finish.

As for some other favorite blogs that are not already mentioned on this post I would include:

Henri Art Magazine by Mark Stone

#FFFFFF Walls by Jonathan Chapline and Lorraine Nam

Too Much Art by Mario Naves

Form in the Fire by Peter Acheson and Deirdre Swords

Painter's Bread by Michael Rutherford

Thought Form by Kim Sloane