Cardoza writes: "The works by Todd Kelly and Morgan Mandalay ... help bring the concept of the still life into the twenty-first century. Kelly’s pieces are the more straightforward of the two, with influences ranging from Dutch and French masters from seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to a visual representation of the gravitational pull of the planets... eight paintings from [Mandalay's] series [are] in the show, depicting a vase of flowers in varying degrees of completeness, always framed by the same red curtains. Made with oil and spray paint, these paintings are arresting in real life; the oil paint in some is layered so thick the flowers seem to be blooming off the canvas."
Joanne Mattera posts an extensive overview of abstract painting on view at the 2013 Miami Art Fairs.
Mattera's selections from among the "thousands of paintings at the fairs" includes works by Agathe de Bailliencourt, Agnes Martin, Alex Hubbard, Amy Feldman, Anke Weyer, Anne Truitt, Chris Martin, Craig Taylor, Deanna Lee, Enoc Perez, Federico Cattaneo, Gabriel Hartley, Georg Baselitz, Grace Hartigan, Günther Förg, Jaq Chartier, Joan Mitchell, Jon Pestoni, Joshua Aster, Keltie Ferris, Louise Fishman, Melissa Brown, Morris Louis, Norbert Prangenberg, Per Kirkeby, Polly Apfelbaum, Sachin Kaeley, Sam Gilliam, Shaun O'Dell, Theaster Gates, and Todd Kelly.
Christopher Joy and Zachary Keeting interview painter Todd Kelly at his exhibition My Own Personal Rebus at Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, on view through March 9, 2013.
Kelly, who employs a surprising range of style and subject matter in his work, describes how he thinks of painting "as a method of thinking... With this show, especially, instead of trying to narrow it down to one thought, I'm just allowing whatever thought comes into my mind - I'm going to work with it, I'm going to… make that into the painting."
Matthew Bourbon talks with painter Todd Kelly on the occasion of the exhibition Todd Kelly: My Own Personal Rebus at Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York that runs through March 9, 2013
Kelly remarks: "I like the way a still life painting presents a group of objects, each object taking on new importance by its presentation and proximity to the other objects. It’s the process of grouping that I like. Each of my paintings is started by whim as much as by design. I’m inspired by materials, by the work of other artists, by nature, by visceral forces…all sorts of things. So the paintings come out quite different one from the other. The possibilities for creating interesting groups of similar or conflicting paintings are endless; an infinitely expanding universe. Also, it seems there is much hand-wringing about the current lack of 'progress' or avant-garde in painting lately. But it’s all good with me. I see my work in the studio more as exploring around the already conquered territory looking for a place to settle or develop. We aren’t really in need of more territory as far as painting goes."
Matthew Farina reviews Todd Kelly: Signature Paintings at Asya Geisberg Gallery on view through June 18, 2011. Farina writes, "References to commercial or industrial printing are present alongside more traditional approaches to paint application... The interplay of man and machine-made marks is pronounced... With the constant of the 'signature' in place, Kelly’s formula as a whole actually provides him a license for diversified aesthetics. Each work showcases differing rules in structure and order."
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.