Kate Liebman: Resisting Image by Repetition

By Debbi Kenote

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Kate Liebman, Resisting Image by Repetition, 74″ x 74″, ink and oil on hand-stitched canvas

“I see myself as a figure painter,” says Kate Liebman, as I sit in her studio, absorbing her large dynamic paintings in front of me. I see for the first time a repeating pair of eyes in an abstracted painting behind where she is sitting. As I spend more time sitting and talking with the artist, the large well-executed paintings seem to become something more unexpected. Liebman begins walking me through her process, her sources, and her perspective on her own history. Paint tubes and splatters cover the floor almost completely. Her studio is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and she has agreed to an interview with me, after having met me at Bushwick Open Studios this past fall. As our conversation progresses, topics of distance, viewer insight, and political responsibility are tackled, and I learn that this body of work has been sourced from a drawing she made of a photograph — taken during the Holocaust, showing prisoners lined up for a daily count in Buchenwald, Germany. In the time spent in her studio, she also shares with me her perspective on the current painting discourse, including artists she considers to be inspirational and her process of setting productive goals in the studio. In addition to maintaining a studio practice in Brooklyn, Liebman also writes for the Brooklyn Rail.

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Angela Heisch: Tis the Season to be Lozenge

by Til Will

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Gouache on paper, Image courtesy of Angela Heisch 

According to Angela Heisch, only the person who begins a painting can decide how to finish it. I arrived to a room full of decisive paintings; iconic, hard-edge abstractions seeming to have rolled effortlessly out of the last. She knew what the next painting would be. She appeared to have reached absolute freedom from the anxieties of critique, depending solely on instinct.  

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Moving Within: An Emerging Artist’s Thoughts on Agnes Martin

Moving Within: An Emerging Artist’s Thoughts on Agnes Martin

Contributed by Alyssa McClenaghan

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Agnes Martin, Untitled #2, 1991, Acrylic and graphite on canvas, 72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm). Private collection © 2015 Agnes Martin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Courtesy of Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

I begin writing this in the days following the election. A heaviness fills the air. It’s palpable-the collective despair of everyone around me. This weight is something that Agnes Martin dealt with throughout her life. Battling schizophrenia, she found solace and comfort in making art, which is something I think many artists can relate to. Continue reading “Moving Within: An Emerging Artist’s Thoughts on Agnes Martin”

Moving Within: An Emerging Artist’s Thoughts on Agnes Martin