Review

Read All Over: At Sikkema Jenkins, Mark Bradford’s Medium Is the Message; at Salon 94 Bowery, Jules de Balincourt Is Out at Sea

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Jule de Balincourt, Pangea 2012, 2012

The two best painting shows in New York right now, the superb “Picasso Black and White” at the Guggenheim and the convert-making “Wade Guyton OS” at the Whitney are exemplary of distinct conceptions of painting—there’s the inexhaustibly inventive, emotionally charged Modernist, all eros and thanatos, and, a bit further downtown, appropriately, the cool, cunning techno-formalist, launching surprise attacks on painting’s past.

But both shows are distinctly grayscale affairs, and as such are likely to put you in a mood for color. Luckily, sprawling canvases by two ace mid-career colorists, Jules de Balincourt and Mark Bradford, appeared in galleries this past weekend, just before Hurricane Sandy made landfall. Read More

Art Fairs

Basel in the Boonies: Artist Jules de Balincourt Turns His Studio into an Art Fair

Jules de Balincourt in his studio. (Courtesy the artist)

“I hate art fairs,” said artist Jules de Balincourt. On an overcast afternoon last week, while the bold-faced names of the international art world roamed the booths at the Frieze Art Fair, including the one occupied by Mr. de Balincourt’s gallery, Salon 94, the lanky, silver-haired, 39-year-old artist sat in his spacious, sun-filled Bushwick studio, lighting up a joint. “When I think ‘art fair,’ I think ‘convention-center yard sale of art.’” Read More