Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Autumn in New York, Part 3: Soft Shapes, Sharp Angles

Part 1: Fiction (With only Daylight Between Us)

SUZAN FRECON, Recent Oil Paintings at David Zwirner Gallery, Chelsea (September 14-October 14). Here, Noh, 2017, oil on linen, 84 x 104 inches
Some of the exhibitions have closed (those still open noted in red, but links take you to the installation page of each gallery's website

Instead of blogging about Miami, I’m showing you what I’ve been seeing in New York this fall. This is the third installment in my Autumn in New York series and, inscialla, there will be about five more. I’ve organized the images into groupings that make visual sense to me. We start with the organic geometry of Suzan Frecon and then get more hard edged as we travel about Chelsea, Tribeca, Williamsburg, the Lower East Side, and Midtown. Oh, and there are some juicy blue paintings by Ad Reinhardt (who knew?). I'm keeping commentary to a minimum in favor of images.

SUZAN FRECON, gallery installation view

SUZAN FRECON, Vermilion, 2017, oil on linen, 84 x 104 inches

Frecon Installation view

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TARO SUZUKI, Second Sight (with Charlotte Hallberg) at Crush Curatorial, Chelsea (November 9-December 2). Here, Tantric Dawn, 2017, acrylic on canvas on panel; diptych, 48 x 24 inches

TARO SUZUKI, XMass and Japanese American, both 2017, acrylic on canvas on panel, 30 x 30 inches
Below: Detail of Japanese American

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CARY SMITH at Fredericks and Freiser, Chelsea (October 19-November 18)
Smith's version of hard-edge abstraction pulsates with technical perfection, yet each painting is executed by hand with fine brushes, no tape

CARY SMITH, Complex Diagonals #7 (red-blue with yellow-green border), 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches

CARY SMITH, Diagonals (with 7 colors) #1, 2017, oil on linen, 50 x 40 inches
Sharon Butler has published a splendid review of the show in Two Coats of Paint

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LUCIO POZZI, Relocations at Hal Bromm Gallery, Tribeca (through February 23, 2018)
Here, Migrant, which is seen on the far wall in the installation view below

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KIM UCHIYAMA (above) and MARK WETHLI at Color Perspective at The Curator Gallery, Chelsea, with Senem Oezdogan (through December 16)

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JOAN GRUBIN, The Detritus Series at Garvey|Simon, Chelsea (through December 23)
Here, Detritus Series #32, 2017. acrylic and mixed media on pressed wood, 5 x 5 x 1 inches

Below: Partial installation view for scale

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JASON KAROLAK, Prospects at McKenzie Fine Art, Lower East Side (September 6-October 8)

Below: Untitled (P-1659), 2016, oil on linen over panel, 15 x 13 inches, which is on the far wall in the installation view above

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LOUISE P. SLOANE, Selected Paintings 1977-2017 at Sideshow, Williamsburg (through December 17). This is the front gallery with a view to the back

Panorama of the back gallery with, second from left, Orange Orange Cobalt Teal, 2009, acrylic paints and pastes on aluminum panel. 52 x 46 inches

Below: Purble Haze, 2017, acrylic, 72 x 46 inches

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        HEIDI SPECTOR, Across This New Divide at Margaret Thatcher Projects, Chelsea (through December 16)

Above: On wall, Let's Never Stop Falling in Love (diptych), 2017, acrylic with resin on birch panels, 27 x 110 inches; left: It's Not You, It's Me, 2017, acrylic with resin on birch panels encased in acrylic, 18 x 37 x 25 inches; right: High Hopes, 2017, acrylic on birch rectangle with steel base, 66 x 6 x 6 inches

HEIDI SPECTOR, Across This New Divide, 2017, acrylic with resin on birch panel, 48 x 48 inches

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     GABRIELE EVERTZ, Color Relativity at The Lobby Gallery, 449 Park Avenue, Midtown (through January 5, 2018)

Foreground: Day + Dream, 2016, acrylic on canvas, four panels 423 x 42 each; 168 inches total
PDF of catalog here

GABRIELE EVERTZ, Black Room Series (For Sonia D.), 2013, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

GABRIELE EVERTZ, installation view, After Light, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 inches

Closer view of painting below

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McARTHUR BINION, Route One: Box Two at Galerie Lelong, Chelsea (through December 23)

McARTHUR BINION, Transition: One, 2017; oil stick, ink, and paper on board, 96 x 144 inches

McARTHUR BINION, Route One: Box Two: XIII, 2017; oil stick, ink, and paper on board, 72 x 48 inches

Detail below

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ROY DOWELL and RICHARD KALINA, Synchronicity: A State of Painting at Lennon Weinberg Gallery, Chelsea (through December 23)
Link to catalog here

RICHARD KALINA, Sector 3, 2017, oil on linen, 39 x 34.5 inches


ROY DOWELL,  Untitled #1097, 2016, acrylic on linen, 36 x 24 inches

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SANFORD BIGGERS, Selah at Marianne Boesky (September 7-October 21)
Here,  100 Years Too Soon, 2017; antique Japanese textiles, fabric, antique quilt fragment, tar, charcoal, acrylic; 41.5 x 39.5 inches

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AD REINHARDT,  Blue Paintings at David Zwirner Gallery (September 12-October 21). Yes, the somber painter had a surprisingly lively palette in the early 1950s
Left: No. 15, 1952, oil on canvas, 110 x 42 inches; right: Abstract Painting (Blue), 1952, oil on canvas, 108 x 42 inches
Gallery installation shots here

AD REINHARDT,  Number 88, 1950 (Blue), 1950. oil on canvas, 76 x 144 inches

Next up: Shape, Gesture, and Surface


  1. Thank You Joanne! I'm honored to have my work included in this posting.

  2. Always look forward to your postings, Thank You. Amazing artworks.

  3. What a fantastic group of works! Such color and innovative combinations! I loved them all. Thanks, Joanne.

  4. Wonderful, wonderful work! Thank you for sharing with us!

  5. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!