Zest is a French graffiti artist-turned-gallery-artist; Widewalls had a blurb up about his newest show and there’s a great bio there, too. The paintings are pretty good and his public work is really strong, easy to see why he caught the eye of Art world folks.
So glad to hear this show is happening, and at one of the most beautiful art venues in the US (if you love art and haven’t visited the Barnes Foundation in Philly get on it)! The first Steir I ever saw was at the Guggenheim (she was a fellow with their foundation btw). Wow.
Use Artsy! It’s really that simple- you can track shows, get updates on new work, and buy pieces. Most of the artists about which I’ve written can be found there. And if they aren’t, let the team at Artsy know!
Wide Walls gave Holly some love in their article about minimalists to collect in 2019. Was interesting to check out her site and zoom in on a few of these- I think the fact that’s she’s channeling Ryman is why her work stood out to me in the article above.
One of the blogs I have in my RSS feed is Two Coats of Paint. They used the image below as the headline for their January gallery review, and the show is at Pace, so I paid attention. I’ve heard of Siena before (he’s got twenty on me so he’s been at it for a minute) and decided to look deeper. (One of the) reasons to keep this blog is to remember to look what other folks are doing (and keep a record of things I like). I won’t lie- reviewing his catalogue gives me hope that some day mine might be worth some young abstract painter doing the same.
Glad I went to see the O’Keefe show at NCMA because I discovered they’ve also got a huge piece from Elias Sime’s show at James Cohan in 2015 (Tightrope 9)- it’s pretty spectacular if you haven’t seen it yet. The composition is clearly non-representational- abstract if you will- but his use of computer parts (and the social and cultural context for the acquisition of the materials) clearly carries a rich depth of content. Even more interesting to me was the conceptual bent he shared with O’Keefe and they both shared with their subject matter- the materials they make work about and from have a visceral attraction for both that comes through loud and clear. Check out his bio for more of this type of color on this amazing artist.
I first encountered Fran’s work while Tumblr’ing, please check out her online gallery. I find these to be almost narrative- they impact me kind of like Lichtenstein’s brushstrokes which I always saw as comic book hero versions of brushstrokes being… well. Anyway, they all seem to tell a sort of story.
Ran across this artist because I follow the tag #hardedgepainting on Instagram*, and was not surprised to find we like a lot of the same color field painters. I encourage you to visit his website and peep some of the videos that shows the work over time. *He also has an Instagram feed.
Found via Widewalls, wow. I need to see these! Isn’t it cool how she also likes to photograph clouds? You should read some about her investigations of color- in her own words.
I ran across Cole’s “199” recently on Tumblr, those of you from Raleigh (like me) may have seen his installation at the CAM in ’12. His recent work includes paintings, works on paper and public Art. I definitely find myself drawn to the planned randomness of these, as well as the early modernist pallet which doesn’t feel derivative so much as aware.
A friend turned me on to Erin’s feed on Instagram. She’s making photographs btw- if you thought they were paintings, you are into her subject matter. The use of these tensions is well planned, and she also deals deftly with compositional issues.
Great write up on Stanley with the context of the current show he has up in NYC by, no surprise, John Yau over at Hyperallergic. I literally can’t add anything other than I have wanted to lick every one of these I’ve ever seen in person.
Tumblr continues to produce- Joanne makes paintings, sculpture and books of her work. She has shows coming up next year in LA and NY.
Isensee is an NC-born painter who has been making work since 80’s Neo-Geo almost ruined abstract painting, and to my eye is committed to formalism (his work is too insistent on being seen to be a sign for some conceptual agenda). Yet another artist I ran across while Tumblr’ing, he shows with Danese Corey. Looking forward to what’s coming based on the works on paper he’s been posting on his Instagram feed.
Ran across a piece by this Chicago artist while Tumblr’ing. He has a show up right now in Portland, as well as an Instagram feed that has a video of one of these assemblages up close.