James Kalm visits the exhibition Painting Toward Three Dimensions at Galerie Richard, New York. The show, featuring paintings by Bram Bogart, Ron Gorchov and Takesada Matsutani, was closed due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy.
All three painters move painting beyond two-dimensions. Kalm notes that "The works of both Bogart and Matsutani explore the use of unique painting materials while Gorchov develops a body of work questioning the basic concept of the rectangular flat picture plain."
Belgian painter Bram Bogart died May 2, 2012 at the age of 90.
In The Guardian obituary, Michael McNay writes: "This sense in his work of the tangible, a coming together of his first job painting houses and his implacably wall-like landscapes, lasted throughout Bogart's lifetime, through to the overwhelming presence of his celebrated late paintings, glowing blocks constructed, quite literally, out of great globs of pigment mixed with cement. Abstract, yes; expressionist, yes; but not abstract expressionist. He was not interested in gestural painting, brushed or poured from cans, not in his mature work anyway. His concern was building paintings."
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