Contributed by Raphael Rubinstein / Among the most welcome developments of the past few years in the U.S. art world has been the appearance, long delayed, of substantial numbers of works by two avant-garde groups of the 1960s and 1970s, the Tansaekhwa painters of Korea, often referred to as Korean monochromatic painters, and the Supports/Surfaces … read more… “Korean monochrome: Suh Seung Won”
Raphael Rubinstein wrote the following essay, “Eccentric Modularity,” on the occasion of Drew Shiflett’s elegant solo show of new collage pieces, on view through June 30, at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York. —— I wonder when the great variety of process entered the field of art. When did certain artists begin to invent their own … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Drew Shiflett”
The following text is Raphael Rubinstein‘s moving remembrance of Shirley Jaffe, which he read during the October memorial service for Jaffe at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The images are courtesy of Tibor de Nagy, Jaffe’s NYC gallery.
Raphael Rubinstein originally wrote this essay for Gary Stephan‘s solo exhibition, on view through April 23, 2016, at Susan Inglett. / Some paintings pick arguments with art history. Some paintings pick arguments with their materials. Some paintings pick arguments with the other paintings around them in the artist’s studio. Some paintings pick arguments with the … read more… “Catalogue essay: Raphael Rubinstein on Gary Stephan”
In Art in America, Raphael Rubinstein reports that he’s become increasingly aware of a kind of provisionality within the practice of painting. “I first noticed it pervading the canvases of Raoul De Keyser, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool, Mary Heilmann and Michael Krebber, artists who have long made works that look casual, dashed-off, tentative, unfinished or … read more… “The impossibility of painting and the equally persistent impossibility of not painting”