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
by Bridget Goodbody

DAINA HIGGINS New Paintings
by Charles Schultz

LOIS DODD New Panel Paintings
by Sharon Butler

Unlikely Friends: JAMES BROOKS & DAN FLAVIN
by Greg Lindquist

DAMIEN HIRST The Complete Spot Paintings 1986 – 2011
by Corina Larkin

LORI ELLISON
by Corina Larkin

GEORGES HUGNET The Love Life of the Spumifers
by Valery Oisteanu

Dark Christmas
by Bradley Rubenstein

ELLSWORTH KELLY Schwarz & Weiss
by David Rhodes

MALCOLM MORLEY Another Way to Make an Image, Monotypes
by Robert Storr

Five Works from the Collection of Albert Murray: ROMARE BEARDEN and NORMAN LEWIS
by Charles Schultz

THE RONALD S. LAUDER COLLECTION: Selections from the 3rd Century BC to the 20th Century / Germany, Austria, and France
by Charles Schultz

Anonymous Tantra Paintings
by Noah Dillon

SANGRAM MAJUMDAR
New Work

by Kara L. Rooney

GUDMUNDUR THORODDSEN Father’s Father
by Paolo Javier

SOTO Paris and Beyond,
1950 – 1970

by Cora Fisher

JESS Paintings
by Phong Bui

GEORGE MCNEIL
by Robert Berlind

VICTOR MATTHEWS
by Vincent Katz

LOLA MONTES SCHNABEL Love Before Intimacy
by David Markus

THOMAS WOODRUFF The Four Temperament Variations
by Kara L. Rooney

MARTHA CLIPPINGER Hopscotch
by Robert Berlind

PETER GALLO
by Jonathan Goodman

Connected
by Noah Dillon

KANDINSKY’s “Painting with White Border”
by Susan Bee

BARBARA SANDLER Straight On Till Morning
by Robert Berlind

December (Organized by Howie Chen)
by Nathan Kernan

EDWIN DICKINSON In Retrospect
by Robert Berlind

JOSÉ RIVERA
by Nathan Kernan

REMBRANDT’S WORLD: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection
by Sara Christoph

JOSEPH MONTGOMERY Velveteen
by Linnea Kniaz

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini
by Mira Schor

BOSCO SODI Ubi Sunt
by Jonathan Goodman

DOUG WADA Americana
by Lilly Wei

Mind the Gap
by Anne Sherwood Pundyk

BILL JENSEN
by Ben La Rocco

WITHIN/WITHOUT: A Studio Visit With SHOSHANA DENTZ
by Zachary Wollard

SUSANNA HELLER’s Studio
by Robert Berlind

STUDIO VISIT: JOYCE PENSATO
by William Corwin

Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
by Shane McAdams

Letter from BERLIN
by David Rhodes

JOSEPH MARIONI Eye to Eye
by Robert C. Morgan

GORDON MOORE
by Joan Waltemath

Master Bill at MoMA
by Irving Sandler

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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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