Wednesday, January 29, 2020

LES, LES

Susan Rothenberg at Sperone Westwater: Gallery Link





February Light, tapestries by Josep Grau-Garriga at Salon 94. Gallery Link


Shirley Jaffe at Tibor de Nagy

"The exhibition gathers a select group of works, from private collections and the artist’s estate, in order to concisely showcase a presentation of the artist working at the height of her powers. It brings together classic examples from four different decades including The Chinese Mountain (pictured above) from 2004-2005 and two paintings Splitting Yellow and Swinging (2) completed the year of her death in 2016, as well as a drawing from 1996."






Next door at Cunningham: Jake! the oddly named Jake Berthot  exhibition showing late paintings after moving studio to Accord, NY. Gallery Link
Close view of his drawings, carefully gridded and plotted. Jake is 1/2 American Cezanne, 1/2 Albert Pinkham Ryder, whose nocturnes he adored.
In the 1990s when he began to make this work, it felt incomprehensible to those who'd championed his highly successful, abstracted "lozenge" paintings throughout the 1980s. But it's a natural homecoming, and literally as he returned to the landscape (he grew up in Tallahassee, FL, and was no stranger to landscape).

Jake told a funny story about his search for housing in Manhattan. After days of intensive looking, queried a friend, "who is Mr. Shaftway? He owns all the real estate in town."
The paintings are glazed and gnarled; also darker and richer than lighting allows.
Berthot's homage to Ryder so clear in this moonlit passage in the woods.
After a lifetime of wresting shape from surface, how surprising to find the surface there.
After Susan Rothenberg, seeing Lester Johnson at Stephen Harvey Fine Art Projects was a welcome surprise.
And after reading Nancy Princenthal's brilliant book about rape and art, Unspeakable Acts, this Bob Thompson  painting brought extra meaning.
Studies for the Thompson in the back room
A beautiful June Leaf in Post, the exhibition. Gallery Link
There's a lot more to see in Jennifer Coates' debut exhibition with High Noon, Toxic Halo, then I will show here, so go visit. Here is the link: Gallery Link

These are the strangest paintings in Toxic Halo, in which various processes (pouring, outlining,  marking) coalesce into a vision dreamlike yet psychologically true. 
Jiha Moon's debut, Enigmatics, at Derek Eller Project Room. Gallery Link

Detail - washes create a plane shift that pattern moves over.



The vessels gorgeous--both painted and compressed.


At CANADA: Done with Xanax, by Katherine Bernhardt. ET Phone home! Gallery Link
Xanax code word for New York? which the artist left for her native St. Louis, to recover books of stickers and other illuminating childhood memorabilia.
The paint loose and wild; pouring gives just one go, and the image must be built  on the spot to remain free.
Close by, Femme Brut at Chart (the downtown portion of Jackie Saccoccio's double gallery show). Gallery Link  

Surprises: the works on paper bearing overt markings hearkening back to the pathways in her installations after a Giverny residency in the 1990s, also drawing on the paintings, establishing a structure in the pours.

From a series of watercolors flanking the entrance
Homage to Courbet, a work that in top and bottom write shows a lot of intervention by the artist, and it's exciting, collapsing the cinematic panels of 2013-2015 into single canvases filled with incident.
Last stop: CollectCouples at NY Figure Academy. Gallery Link
Such fond '90s memories of Ellen Phalen's ink doll works, this owned by Eric Fischl and April Gornik, as are the paintings below by various artists.


KAWS and Julia Chiange exhibit this large Joyce Pensato drawing,
and three Susan Te Kahurangi works on paper.
Ebony Patterson, Leopard Lily Forest from 2013, Collection Mickalene Thomas and  Raquel Chevremont.
Two from John Currin and Rachel Feinstein.




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