Richard Rhodes on the new abstraction: “Painting has regained its relevance—socially and professionally. It has re-established a life for images beyond photography and the mass media. It stands as an alternative to conceptualist artmaking. Once buried by art theory, it has returned to reconnect with centuries of art and to anchor contemporary art to its … read more… “The accumulated weight of experience”
In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones wonders why gallery goers aren’t blown away. “If Kelly makes you see the sheer beauty of minimalism – as opposed to the ready-made conceptualism it is so often seen as a dumb vessel of – he also connects contemporary, living art with the heritage of Matisse. This makes him one … read more… “Ellsworth Kelly rocks at the Tate Modern”
After awarding Turner Prize to abstract painter Tomma Abts last year, not a single painter makes the 2007 shortlist .
High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975 On Artnet, Jerry Saltz reviews this “saber-waving, opinion-altering show, for the simple if thrilling reason that it posits an art-historical missing link. It’s composed entirely of abstract work made by painters who were born too late to be Pop artists or hard-core Minimalists, and who then tried … read more… “In the isolation hut”
David Rimanelli writes in the May issue of Art Forum that Op Art, the subject of two big museum shows, is back. After seeing the shows, he begins to “reconsider the Op-is-junk bias.”