BmoreArt notes Ainsley’s exhibition Raktism and Metachaos. Burrows’ practice mainly uses two methodologies: NeoChaos and Raktism. The former is characterized by expressive gestures and lines, and deep, passionate swaths of color. With it, he explores the reverberations of a history that continues to affect him, showing how the past is alive and how we must make its legacy visible.
ArtNews asks us who gets to be abstract in the context of revisiting Frank Bowling‘s show from 1969, “5+1”(a show which also included Al, Jack, Daniel and William)? I had heard of Melvin Edwards before from listening to this amazing artist talk. In my head I didn’t lump Melvin in with Sam and William because candidly there is a lot of recognizable materials in his work (see below) and then of course this article made me question that. tldr- the punchline of the essay is that, when Stony Brook attempted to re-stage the show the curators found significant archival gaps because the academic gatekeepers of the late ’60s didn’t deem the show important enough to document. The show reboot also includes many black women such as Howardena and Mary.
is included in Junkyard of Dreams at Bortolami. Linklater’s practice is concerned in part with the exploration of the physical and theoretical structures of the museum in relation to the current and historical conditions of Indigenous people and their objects and forms. These explorations are articulated in a myriad of forms including sculpture, photography, film and video, installation and text works.
I’ve been reading Line Let Loose and Jeanne gets a mention. Daughter of a wine merchant, Tripier Jeanne spent her childhood with her grandmother in the countryside. As an adult, she lived in Montmartre with her son Gustav, whose father was American. Spiritualism entered her life when she was fifty-eight. It was during this period that she started to experience mental distress. Committed in 1934 for “chronic psychosis, logorrhea and megalomania,” Jeanne Tripier developed, during the ten years of her hospitalization, a vision of the world that she transcribed in her Messages relating her interplanetary travel, or Missions on Earth. “Medium of first necessity, holder of the laws of the planet, and the reincarnation of Joan of Arc,” she created drawings in ink, combined with hair dye, nail polish or pharmaceuticals but also embroideries, her needle constituting a formidable weapon. She uttered prophesies, triggered wars, sometimes using secret codes she called “the spherical language.”
is in the newest New American Paintings (161). His work is similar to that of Mark Bradford or BR Goldstein in the sense that it is a collection of detritus which maintains much of its cultural significance.
Jonathan Stephenson at Two Coats notes that Claude’s latest work, in a quietly radiant show at Ceysson & Bénétière on the Upper East Side, which is full of colorful patterns resembling camouflage on fragments of military tarpaulins, suggests that while society might try to hide war in plain sight, it cycles through civic life and demands attention on a generational basis.
Dead Lecturer / distant relative: Notes from the Woodshed, 1950-1980 focuses on works by Asian American and African American artists whose approaches to abstraction provided alternatives to prevailing vocabularies for representation and resistance during the social movements of the 1960s and 70s, and for whom the parameters of visibility continue to remain a problem for thought today. Beverly is one of the selected creatives (also including Howardena and Al). Her work mined a strong motif for decades and slowly became more abstracted although never was true “abstraction.” Readers of who like below should also explore Jennifer and Nicky.
is one of many artists featured (posthumously) in Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, on view in Sacramento. This traveling exhibition explores an oft-overlooked group of 20th-century artists who pursued spiritual illumination in the American Southwest.