Katelynn Mills reviews Nice Weather, a group show curated by David Salle, at Skarstedt Gallery, New York (Chelsea and Upper East Side locations), on view through April 16, 2016.
Mills observes: "One cannot help but feed off the vitality of the paintings in 'Nice Weather,' ... Taking it all in, I was reminded of [curator David] Salle’s review of the Museum of Modern Art’s 'The Forever Now,' published last year in ArtNews. That show, which was curated by Laura Hoptman, attempted to showcase a cross-section of what painting is today and, in so many words, Salle said, 'This is what’s working, these are the things that aren’t’t working.' 'Nice Weather' can be read as an extension of that review, saying, 'This is how it’s done.' I had the chance to ask Salle if he agrees, to which he replied 'I would. But the criterion and the mandate for a gallery show are different from that of a museum. In fact, ‘Nice Weather’ has many artists in common with Hoptman’s show.'"
From the press release: "In this exhibition, Bleckner presents a group of 18 inch paintings, which span a period of roughly twenty years. This is the first time Bleckner has exhibited these works, though the format has been important to Bleckner throughout his career. Usually these paintings are made alongside larger works and serve alternately as experiments, tests, things left out, and things to be remembered. The choice of 18 inches corresponds to the Hebrew character chai meaning life and light... Eichelmann’s latest text paintings produced in 2014 and 2015 feature extracts from the writings of two of Britain’s greatest eccentrics, William Beckford (1760-1844) and Stephen Tennant (1906-1987). Both were celebrated for epitomising the style and taste of their age... The extracts chosen by Eichelmann for these works conjure glittering images which Beckford and Tennant recorded in their diaries and letters. Miniature snapshots as seen through the eyes of 18th and the 20th century arbiters of taste flare up in the here and now. Beckford’s and Tennant’s words combined with Eichelmann’s lyrical abstractions present prisms, refracting 18th, 20th and 21st century sensibilities."
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