Jonathan Stevenson reviews A Few Days at Lennon Weinberg, New York, on view through December 19, 2015.
Stevenson writes that the show features paintings "from all twenty of the painters the gallery has represented since it opened in 1988, range from 1957 to 2014. In terms of style and school, they are not thoroughly cohesive, embracing as they do geometric abstraction, gestural abstraction, realism, still life, seascape, and more. But one shared feature that brings them together is the fine balance that each artist strikes between restraint and abandon – his or her sense and sensibility."
Finding that "painting has now essentially marked off its overall set of boundaries and is engaged in the task of elaboration and infilling," Richard Kalina offers four possible categories to begin the critical dialogue anew.
"The point," he writes, "is to recognize the situation on the ground, to see things for what they are, and importantly not to put a hierarchical order or any kind of historical inevitability on these different approaches, although one must acknowledge the historical arc of which painting is a part. To do so allows for a more clear-eyed vision of the state of the art: focus is maintained on what a painting looks like and what it does."
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