Photo blog of an exhibition of paintings by Patricia Treib at Wallspace, New York, on view through December 21, 2013.
The gallery press release notes that: "Treib’s true subject is the process of looking, through which she discovers new relationships while dismantling what is merely recognizable. Treib focuses on the space between forms, making in-betweenness a primary motif. She frequently removes, adjusts and repeats precise configurations and flourishes. Peripheral elements become central presences, suggesting icons or calligraphic gestures in flux, riding on an assured, almost giddy sense of movement. A particular energy derives from Treib’s distinctive use of color, which can seem at once delicate and dynamic, measured and dancelike."
Kalm notes that this is "a prime group of painters dealing with the contemporary challenges of formalist abstraction. This walking tour includes views of works by: Andrea Belag, Shirley Jaffe, Alix Le Méléder, Sylvan Lionni, Julia Rommel, Patricia Treib, Stephen Westfall, Stanley Whitney."
Sharon Butler posts about "the open proposition in contemporary abstraction." She writes: "There is a studied, passive-aggressive incompleteness to much of the most interesting abstract work that painters are making today. But the subversion of closure isn't their only priority. They also harbor a broader concern with multiple forms of imperfection... The painters take a meta approach that refers... back to the process of painting itself."
James Wagner visits a novel exhibition of painting, "Battle of the Brush" in Bryant Park, NYC. The show pits "abstract" painters vs. "realist" painters in a tongue-in-cheek mock battle; a clash as obviously senseless as any taking place around the world today. Wagner remarks that the show is "one of the most creative art shows of the year... The work is on view in closed, retrofitted and climate-controlled vitrines (actually, two of the booths which had recently housed The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park). Visitors will be able to see the art, en plein-air, until February 2."
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.