Varadi writes: "It is an endeavor to engage with the factory-like output that is Joshua Abelow’s work... If one were to step inside his studio, he or she would see stacks of packaged paintings and drawings from floor to ceiling and staggering groups of paintings in progress, each one an extension of the last. Though, the work is not limited to paintings and drawings. It has expanded into writing, photography, blogging, and organizing collaborative exhibitions. Abelow approaches these activities by balancing cryptic criticality and splayed socialism. Abelow doesn’t merely engage with the ‘hip,’ the ‘outsider,’ the ‘academic’ or any other vague faction of the art world, but rather democratizes aesthetics and concepts in a way that continuously keeps viewers slightly off balance."
Kalm notes that this show, and several other summer abstraction paintings (including Xstraction), "gives viewers a chance to reevaluate the many facets of this practice and with 'DNA' see the works of at least three generations of artists side by side. This show includes views of works by Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, Al Held, Louise Nevelson, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Joshua Abelow, Ronald Bladen, Brooke Moyse, Kenneth Noland and others."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.