The February Review Panel held at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York focused on painting. Faye Hirsch, Franklin Einspruch, Christina Kee, and David Cohen discuss recent exhibitions by four painters: Mary Corse, Ridley Howard, Glenn Goldberg, and Joyce Pensato.
Cohen notes that the panel "gathered four painters on this occasion [representing] a diversity of approach to painting both within abstraction and representation, and attitudes toward painting."
Kalm notes: "Embracing a more 'decorative' sensibility, and including compositional elements like perspective, horizon line and floral patterning, Goldberg is shacking up the formalistic parts of his practice, and presenting a new direction for the work which is at once more poetic and humanistically authentic."
Yau writes: "By wanting his paintings 'to take you toward, not away,' Goldberg rejects spectacle, entertainment, anything that tries to distract you from time passing, everyday life, and mortality. He has developed and honed a process that requires his precise and repeated attention, particularly with the application of the dots, and through this process he transforms his paintings into a record of an act of devotion as it comes into being... We cannot experience Goldberg's paintings fully until we recognize how they were made, and the quality of direct and simple attention that he has brought to bear on them. This is where their spirituality is most evident and most primeval."
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