Posts Tagged ‘modernism’

From Wings to Fins: Morris Louis and Cyprien Gaillard at Sprüth Magers

Taking its name from a 2006 feature in National Geographic, Sprüth Magers’ latest London exhibition, From Wings to Fins, features the work of color-field painter Morris Louis and Cyprien Gaillard, a young French artist recently established within the international circuit. While Louis’ position is firmly mid-century, Cyprien Gaillard is a locus of tragic postmodernism. Drawn to modernism’s ideals, contradictions, and historical failures, Gaillard has risen on his[.....]

Painter of History

Painting has been around for a while, haven’t you heard? So it’s no surprise when a new show can set off a flurry of historical associations and still appear to be of its own time. Jon Pestoni’s exhibition of recent abstract paintings at Shane Campbell gallery does just that. Pestoni’s paintings bare a superficial resemblance to work by Gehard Richter. The vertical and horizontal movement[.....]

#Hashtags: Claiming Modernism

One of the more thought-provoking pieces of art writing this month was not about contemporary work, but modern art. Tucked away in his review of “Radical Terrain” at the Rubin Museum, New York Times critic Holland Cotter called out the Euro-American belief that the West invented modernism, which was then either copied or imposed (inferiorly) across the globe. We might have missed Cotter’s article, if[.....]

Chroma: Interview with Katarzyna Przezwanska

Katarzyna Przezwanska‘s work is both playful and serious: riotous colors precisely define spaces for objects on a desk or in a room, or grace the facade of a dour old concrete building. She is equally adept at using pop brights and cool, pensive tones to create moods or to reference a particular history or locale. Her installation in the most recent Frieze Art Fair elicited[.....]

Why I Love Wade Guyton

Wade Guyton’s work functions beautifully on material and conceptual levels. Guyton, currently represented by Friedrich Petzel in New York, is well-known for his work using the symbol X: represented sculpturally by black planks propped in a landscape, or markered onto a photograph, or printed in repeating patterns on linen. But lately I’ve been looking at his large-scale paintings from 2007/2008 and marveling over the way[.....]