Abstract Critical

DNA: Strands of Abstraction

Written by Sam Cornish

L-R: JOSHUA ABELOW_, Untitled ( Installation of 16 individual works), 2009 -2013, oil on burlap on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (Individual dimensions); JONATHAN ALLMAIER, Untitled (3 Pairs), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 61 inches; FRIEDEL DZUBAS, Monk, c. 1960, oil on canvas, 93 1/2 x 72 1/2 inches; KENNETH NOLAND, Time Lift, 1966, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 24 inches, 243.8 x 61 cm; ANISSA MACK, Quarter Broken Star II, 2012, graphite and paint on aquaresin, 40 x 60 x 5 1/2 inches; JULIAN HOEBER, XC Schematic 007, 2012, sumi ink, acrylic varnish, graphite on paper collage mounted to aluminum, 81 1/2 x 55 inches; LOUISE NEVELSON, Untitled, 1976-78, oil on wood construction, 89 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 8 inches.

L-R: JOSHUA ABELOW, Untitled ( Installation of 16 individual works), 2009 -2013, oil on burlap on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (Individual dimensions); JONATHAN ALLMAIER, Untitled (3 Pairs), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 61 inches; FRIEDEL DZUBAS, Monk, c. 1960, oil on canvas, 93 1/2 x 72 1/2 inches; KENNETH NOLAND, Time Lift, 1966, acrylic on canvas, 96 x 24 inches, 243.8 x 61 cm; ANISSA MACK, Quarter Broken Star II, 2012, graphite and paint on aquaresin, 40 x 60 x 5 1/2 inches; JULIAN HOEBER, XC Schematic 007, 2012, sumi ink, acrylic varnish, graphite on paper collage mounted to aluminum, 81 1/2 x 55 inches; LOUISE NEVELSON, Untitled, 1976-78, oil on wood construction, 89 1/2 x 39 3/4 x 8 inches.

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.

L-R: ANTHONY PEARSON, Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2013, hydrocal and walnut; JULES OLITSKI, Yarmuk Wall-6, 1975, waterbase acrylic on canvas, 85 x 55 inches 43 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 3 inches; N. DASH, Untitled, 2013, 51 1/2 x 38 inches; ROBERT MOTHERWELL, Open #94, 1969, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 72 x 42 inches; NOAM RAPPAPORT, Thought Form in an Alley, 2013, acrylic, reed, fiberglass, colored pencil, on canvas mounted to wood, 37 1/4 x 31 inches; LARRY POONS, Sheaves, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 79 inches

L-R: ANTHONY PEARSON, Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2013, hydrocal and walnut, 43 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 3 inches; JULES OLITSKI, Yarmuk Wall-6, 1975, waterbase acrylic on canvas, 85 x 55 inches; N. DASH, Untitled, 2013, 51 1/2 x 38 inches; ROBERT MOTHERWELL, Open #94, 1969, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 72 x 42 inches; NOAM RAPPAPORT, Thought Form in an Alley, 2013, acrylic, reed, fiberglass, coloredpencil, on canvas mounted to wood, 37 1/4 x 31 inches; LARRY POONS, Sheaves, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 79 inches

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.’

L-R: JULIAN HOEBER, XC Schematic 007, 2012; JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Image One Hundred Fifty Eight, 2011 -2012, cardboard, oil, wax, resin, canvas, clay, aqua resin, fiberglass, pastel, paper and plaster on panel, 16 x 10 x 4 inches; RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Translumina - Black and White Reversed, 1989, enamel on wood, 96" x 96"

L-R: JULIAN HOEBER, XC Schematic 007, 2012; JOSEPH MONTGOMERY, Image One Hundred Fifty Eight, 2011 -2012, cardboard, oil, wax, resin, canvas, clay, aqua resin, fiberglass, pastel, paper and plaster on panel, 16 x 10 x 4 inches; RICHARD ANUSZKIEWICZ, Translumina – Black and White Reversed, 1989, enamel on wood, 96″ x 96″

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.”

L-R: DAVID OSTROWSKI, F (Monsters), 2011, oil, lacquer, and paper on canvas, 195 x 150 cm, 76.77 x 59.06 inches; SARAH CROWNER, Untitled, 2013, oil and gouache on sewn canvas and fabric with painted wood frame, 36 x 30 inches; PHILLIPPE DECRAUZAT, Slow Motion, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 Inches; SASCHA BRAUNIG, Tight 2, 2013, oil on canvas mounted to board, 12 x 9 inches

L-R: DAVID OSTROWSKI, F (Monsters), 2011, oil, lacquer, and paper on canvas, 195 x 150 cm, 76.77 x 59.06 inches; SARAH CROWNER, Untitled, 2013, oil and gouache on sewn canvas and fabric with painted wood frame, 36 x 30 inches; PHILLIPPE DECRAUZAT, Slow Motion, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 Inches; SASCHA BRAUNIG, Tight 2, 2013, oil on canvas mounted to board, 12 x 9 inches

 

L-R: JOSHUA ABELOW, Untitled (Installation of 16 individual works), 2009 -2013; JONATHAN ALLMAIER, Untitled (3 Pairs), 2011; FRIEDEL DZUBAS, Monk, c. 1960

L-R: JOSHUA ABELOW, Untitled (Installation of 16 individual works), 2009 -2013; JONATHAN ALLMAIER, Untitled (3 Pairs), 2011; FRIEDEL DZUBAS, Monk, c. 1960

DNA: Strands of Abstraction is on at Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, until the 2nd of August.