Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / The works in “Uncharted: American Abstraction in the Information Age” are, for whatever their reliance on what we call “technology,” first and foremost abstract art. To allow ourselves to be distracted by any “Wow!” factor that might lurk in some of them because they employ modern technology, or to be … read more… “Catalogue essay: Abstract Art Does Not Stop an Hour”
Contributed by Carol Diamond / Steve Hicks’s oil and acrylic canvases exude confidence and exuberance, like a teenager sporting a new outfit and venturing out to face the world. I’ve got this, the paintings seem to say. Hicks’s shapes and lines, his layers and hues, impart a robust, jaunty sense of speed and physicality. For all … read more… “Steve Hicks: Sparring shape and line”
Contributed by Jennifer Rose Bonilla-Edgington / It’s the visual vibrations, both from individual paintings and from the show as a whole, that first call the viewer to Brooklyn-based artist Melissa Capasso’s work, on view at Jennifer Wroblewski’s gallery Gold/Scopophilia in Montclair. Vibrant and predominantly abstract, Capasso’s small-scale paintings suggest beats of life flowing from one piece to the next.
On the occasion of the centenary of Swiss-Brazilian artist Mira Schendel’s birth (she was born on June 7, 1919), Henry Alsopp, the director of Hauser & Wirth London, visited her daughter Ada and grandson Max. Over the course of two days, they discussed Schendel’s courage during World War II, the challenges she faced during a difficult childhood, and the travails … read more… “Centenary: Mira Schendel”
Contributed by Brian Dupont / I have long been engaged with Mark Sheinkman’s art. I was in grad school when I first came across an image of one of his paintings in an art magazine. It had twisting lines, interrupted with erasures that read as glitches, wrapped around a pair of tubes, like a scroll … read more… “New Roads: Mark Sheinkman at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.”
Contributed by Emma Stolarski / At the Guggenheim, Hilma af Klint’s paintings present themselves one by one, up the spiral ramp, just as she had dreamt in her sketches over 100 years ago. Her visionary drawing, Paintings for the Temple, was created during a session with her spiritual guides. She led a spiritually rich life and … read more… “Hilma af Klint: A timely message from the beyond”
Contributed by Noah Dillon / In Stamford, Connecticut, Franklin Street Works, a non-profit art space with the curatorial vision of a marquis contemporary museum, is presenting “My Vicious Throbbing Heart: Animating Desire in Abstract Painting,” an exhibition of 34 works by a dozen artists. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition aims, in the words of … read more… “Throbbing heart: Queerness and abstract painting”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / Co-curators Daphne Anderson Deeds and Jacquelyn Gleisner have organized “State of Abstraction,” a sophisticated group exhibition comprising elegant work by more than twenty Connecticut artists who explore a wide range of abstract strategies. Thoughtfully installed at the Washington Art Association, the work speaks of emotion, material experimentation, history, and the meditative process of making.
Contributed by Eileen Jeng Lynch / Angel Otero’s paintings revealed new palettes and breadth in his recent exhibition at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In “Angel Otero: Elegies,” six monumental hanging pieces and three works on paper were installed alongside three of Robert Motherwell’s lithographs and drawings, including Motherwell’s “Elegy”studies and an excerpt of an … read more… “Angel Otero: Painting and the social landscape”
Contributed by Sharon Butler / What you can’t see clearly in online images of Carrie Moyer’s new paintings, on view at Mary Boone (in conjunction with DC Moore) through April 21, is the remarkable fusion of flat, opaque abstract form with a masterful illusion of three-dimensionality. Moyer’s masked shapes, paint pours, and drop shadows, applied with varying degrees of transparency, … read more… “Images: Carrie Moyer at Mary Boone”