Yau writes that the show presents "11 paintings by artists committed to working from observation. Chronologically, the artists span five decades (or generations), with Lois Dodd and Lennart Anderson, born respectively in 1927 and 1928, being the oldest. The youngest include Gideon Bok, Anna Hostvedt, Sangram Majumdar and Cindy Tower, with Bok and Tower born in the 1960s, and Hostevedt and Majumdar born in the 1970s. The other artists are Susanna Coffey, Rackstraw Downes, Stanley Lewis, Catherine Murphy, and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, who were born between 1938 and 1949. Together, these artists — a number of whom have been influential teachers — suggest that observational painting is a vigorous, various, and imaginative enterprise that continues to fly under the radar."
John Goodrich reviews Nature is the Teacher at the Painting Center. Goodrich eloquently describes both the miraculous qualities of sight (and the "rich connections" it provides) and the increasing marginalization of sensory experience. He concludes: "the work of the four participating painters - Simon Carr, Stanley Lewis, Thaddeus Radell, and Deborah Rosenthal - argues cogently for the interdependence of visual awareness and artistic tradition."
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