Up at Loretta Howard New York, DNA: Strands of Abstraction is an inter-generational display of abstract painting, curated by Paul Sinclaire. Included are: Joshua Abelow, Jonathan Allmaier, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Ronald Bladen, Sascha Braunig, Sarah Crowner, N. Dash, Robert Davis, Philippe Decrauzat, Svenja Deininger, Thomas Downing, Friedel Dzubas, Amy Feldman, Helen Frankenthaler, Shirley Goldfarb, Gabriel Hartley, Al Held, Julian Hoeber, Franz Kline, Anissa Mack, Joseph Montgomery, Rebecca Morris, Robert Motherwell, Brooke Mose, Rob Nadeau, Louise Nevelson Kenneth Noland, William J. O’Brien, Jules Olitski, David Ostrowski, Anthony Pearson, Larry Poons, Noam Rappaport, Dorothea Rockburne.
The exhibition traces the continual presence in contemporary abstraction of the the post-Abstract Expressionist tendencies of Op Art Colour Field and Minimalism. As the press-release has it: ‘shared formal concerns reveal structures of both tradition and evolution. This generation of young abstract painters employs practices that are fluid, referential, and self-aware. We encounter familiar visual systems passed down to the present and retooled to respond to the radically shifting fabric of post- millennial society.’
The show highlights the continued importance of emptiness in abstraction, appearing somewhere between nuanced refinement or blank refusal (words I think I’ve used before) – something also seen in images we posted recently from The Hole’s Xstraction exhibition. Piri Halasz, a supporter of Colour Field / Post-painterly abstraction, described: “[a] host of younger artists whose names were unfamiliar to me, but whose pictures (all done within the last few years) are clean, crisp, neat, outstandingly decent and sometimes even more: the pieces by Jonathan Allmaier, Noam Rappaport and N. Dash were unusually nice. Again, this is a case where the overall impression created by this show is at least equal to the sum of its parts, and maybe more—light, airy, pretty, Apollonian as opposed to Dionysian, modern utopianism as opposed to pomonian dystopia. The kind of show that leaves you with a happy feeling inside.”
DNA: Strands of Abstraction is on at Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, until the 2nd of August.