Eye-popping, snarling James Siena

In the NY Sun, David Cohen writes that the quality of line in James Siena’s new figurative grotesques relates to the quilt- or lattice-like grids and labyrinths of classic Siena pictures. “Not just formally but also in terms of their own morphology: The line seems as subservient to algorithm as depiction, even though they work … read more… “Eye-popping, snarling James Siena”

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Show of the week: James Siena At Pace Wildenstein

From the press release: James Siena’s new work, completed in 2006 and 2007, includes approximately 20 enamel paintings on aluminum or copper and 60 works on paper created with mixed media, including ink, graphite, gouache, color pencil, and Conté crayon on paper or board. This exhibition includes Siena’s signature abstract paintings but also debuts a … read more… “Show of the week: James Siena At Pace Wildenstein”

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Last call for John Morris at D’Amelio Terras

Obviously a labor of love and obsession, Morris’ small paintings on wood are like an introverted mash-up of early Robert Ryman, James Sienna and some wacky Islamic pattern and decoration. The paradoxical knowing-ness and uncertainty of the hand-drawn line, the layered opacity/transparency of the surfaces, and the subtle color ooze painterly sophistication, and yet the … read more… “Last call for John Morris at D’Amelio Terras”

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