Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday Sprint through Chelsea: Moses, Staver, Benglis, Schulnik, Waber

Ed Moses, Painting as Process at Albertz Benda
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Moses, American, b. 1926, resides in LA and is influenced by Buddhist thought. These back room paintings deviate from his work featuring grids. They are lyrical, imaginary landscapes made from squeegeed surfaces and serendipitous confluences of odd or unlike materials.

Kucha, 1991, 75 x 60.

The world is here...

Moving through the exhibition back to front. Moses' grids, 1970s.
The interplay between loss of control and control is evident.

A detail or two of Gimbalus, 1989, 78 x 66 inches, in the gallery's front room.

Gimbalus in full. 1989, 78 x 66 inches. 

Downstairs, works on paper.

With ink brush,

and charcoal

Ed Moses: Painting as Process through October 15th. A beautiful show. 

Kyle Staver at Kent Fine Art.  Is this my favorite painting? I can't decide between so many of them in this painterly, sumptuous show.
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Staver composes large, broad shapes with pleasing internal scale. Seen close the paintings' payoff is just as good, as here with warm-hearted, witty, attentive details such as these wonderful toes

...and captivating scale changes, swoops of movement captured between hands or light on form.

Narcissus falling in this painting. If I had to vote today this is my favorite.

But then there are the angels... I love this one, too...these round, friendly forms and their backlighting

The internal light is a consistent characteristic in this work as is scale, humor, pathos and beautiful, knowing color

Sketches for compositions. For those who know the show, here is the camel painting before the camels entered the painting.

A set of maquettes by Kyle Staver. Beautiful show.

Lynda Benglis at Cheim and Reid.
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This work looks like it was a blast to make - hand made paper, glitter, wire frames

A lightness and openness related to the pour, yet also to other forms

Lynda Benglis

Quick one: Iva Gueorgieva at Ameringer McEnery Yohe.
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The combination between painting and sculputre is a beautiful direction in her work. 

Another quick one: Peter Cain at Matthew Marks. Great to see these paintings again.
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Third quick one: Jonas Wood, Portraits, at Anton Kern.
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I know he has a workshop, etc. but I really love these paintings, their logic, their touch.

Alison Schulnik's unicorn series in Hoof II at Zieher Smith. Dazzling, weird, pastel cake decoration dreamlands.
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A small bouquet in a unicorn coffee cup

A gorgeous big painting with details below

What a knockout set of paintings!

Quick one four: Sharon Louden painting, one of two in her show of mostly works on paper at Morgan Lehman, which creates "windows" of color upon various toned grounds.
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Ending the day with Louisa Waber's new works at the Painting Center.
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Waber, a veteran painter and New Yorker, whose father wrote my favorite book ever, Lyle the Crocodile, has been working with collage, pencil, and stains for some years, emptying the canvas.

Her work has a light touch, but with plenty of layering.

There is a loose grid that breaks down as a painting evolves.

The collage of one material on top of the same material. The space that emerges from a yellow line.

Louisa Waber.

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