February 5, 2012

Lois Dodd and....On Kawara?

The February art section in The Brooklyn Rail is dedicated exclusively to painting. "Because we believe it is necessary periodically to take the pulse of painting, we propose in this issue to use diverse forms of criticism to examine what one can see this month in New York City," guest art editor Vincent Katz writes in his introduction, "We are using painting here not exclusively but rather inclusively, as symbolic of the creative act."

Katz asked for 200-300 word posts about painting exhibitions, and so I contributed this short blurb that compares Lois Dodd's observational paintings to On Kawara's date project at Zwirner.

Lois Dodd’s great gift as a painter is her ability to pose complex questions without seeming to try. In this exhibition of small oil on board works, she paints the familiar surroundings of her home in Maine, depicting ordinary things like snow on a windowpane, laundry on the clothesline, or a puff of Queen Anne’s lace. She focuses intently on the visual, simplifying form, interpreting color, and organizing space. Dodd is an unselfconscious version of On Kawara, the artist who has famously been painting dates for over 40 years...        
Read More at The Brooklyn Rail
On Kawara, installation view at David Zwirner

 Lois Dodd, Echinacea, 2011, oil on masonite, 18 1/8 x 15 3/4 inches


I haven't finished reading the whole issue, but here are links to the other articles. And, good news:  Robert Storr has agreed to serve as guest editor for the next issue.
 
DAVID DRISKELL Creative Spirit: Five Decades
DAINA HIGGINS New Paintings
LOIS DODD New Panel Paintings
Unlikely Friends: JAMES BROOKS & DAN FLAVIN
DAMIEN HIRST The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011
LORI ELLISON
GEORGES HUGNET The Love Life of the Spumifers
Dark Christmas
ELLSWORTH KELLY Schwarz & Weiss
MALCOLM MORLEY Another Way to Make an Image, Monotypes
Five Works from the Collection of Albert Murray: ROMARE BEARDEN and NORMAN LEWIS
THE RONALD S. LAUDER COLLECTION: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century / Germany, Austria, and France
Anonymous Tantra Paintings
SANGRAM MAJUMDAR
New Work

GUDMUNDUR THORODDSEN Father’s Father
SOTO Paris and Beyond,
1950 – 1970

JESS Paintings
GEORGE MCNEIL
VICTOR MATTHEWS
LOLA MONTES SCHNABEL Love Before Intimacy
THOMAS WOODRUFF The Four Temperament Variations
MARTHA CLIPPINGER Hopscotch
PETER GALLO
Connected
KANDINSKY's “Painting with White Border”
BARBARA SANDLER Straight On Till Morning
December (Organized by Howie Chen)
EDWIN DICKINSON In Retrospect
JOSÉ RIVERA
REMBRANDT’S WORLD: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection
JOSEPH MONTGOMERY Velveteen
The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini
BOSCO SODI Ubi Sunt
DOUG WADA Americana
Mind the Gap
BILL JENSEN
WITHIN/WITHOUT: A Studio Visit With SHOSHANA DENTZ
SUSANNA HELLER’s Studio
STUDIO VISIT: JOYCE PENSATO
Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
Letter from BERLIN
JOSEPH MARIONI Eye to Eye
GORDON MOORE
Master Bill at MoMA



"Lois Dodd: New Panel Paintings," Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY. Through February 18, 2012.

"On Kawara  Date Painting(s) in New York and 136 Other Cities," Zwirner, New York, NY. Through February 11, 2012.

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Related posts:
Stopping time: On Kawara and Danica Phelps (January 19, 2012)
UES gallery crawl: Hirst, Wall, Bontecou, Picabia, Dodd (January 9, 2012)

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