Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition Contemporary British Abstraction at SE9 Container Gallery, Eltham, on view through April 11, 2015. The show, curated by artists Matthew Macaulay and Terry Greene, features work by: David Ainley, Ralph Anderson, Dominic Beattie, Chris Baker, Andrew Bick, Katrina Blannin, Claudia Boese, Julian Brown, EC, Ben Cove, Clem Crosby, Pen Dalton, Lisa Denyer, Andrew Graves, Terry Greene, Susan Gunn, Alexis Harding, Sue Kennington, Sarah R Key, Phoebe Mitchell, Matthew Macaulay, Ellie MacGarry, Katrin Mäurich, Sarah McNulty, Mali Morris, Andrew Parkinson, Aimee Parrott, Marion Piper, Clare Price, Geoffrey Rigden, Gwennan Thomas, Trevor Sutton, David Webb, Mary Webb and Gary Wragg.
Parkinson notes that "The show provides a glimpse of the current abstract scene and the range of abstract painters working in the United Kingdom at this point in time, some who are very well known artists and others who are almost unknown. There is variety also in terms of style and focus even within the arguably narrow confines of 'abstraction'."
Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition The Discipline of Painting at Harrington Mill Studios, on view through October 27, 2013. The show features works by David Manley, Sean Scully, David Tremlett, David Ainley, Katrina Blannin, Luke Frost, Lauri Hopkins, Dan Roach, Andy Parkinson, and Trevor Sutton.
Parkinson writes: "It used to be common to divide the discipline of painting into sub-categories or genres, still life, landscape, history painting etc, and whereas there was a time when abstraction looked like it might transcend all those genres it now appears to have become a genre, or tradition, of its own. That tradition could itself be divided into two approaches one that looks 'disciplined,' we might even say 'austere,' as opposed to a looser more casualist approach, where 'spontaneity' and 'improvisation' are the watch words. According to the gallery notes, 'The selection of works on display shows an abiding and durable commitment to a disciplined abstraction that foregrounds an aspect of colour and form and a certain ‘discipline’ in construction.'"
Andy Parkinson blogs about the exhibition New Possibilities: Abstract Paintings from the Seventies at The Piper Gallery, on view through December 21, 2012.
Parkinson writes: "In the seventies abstract painting in Britain was in crisis. At least that’s how it seemed to some. If during the sixties it had become hegemonic that privileged position was on the wane. Peter Fuller would shortly declare American abstraction to be not much more than a CIA plot, within the discipline of painting figuration was in resurgence, whilst outside it performance art and conceptualism were fast becoming the dominant art forms, leading to the stagnation of abstract painting. The exhibition... of fourteen painters from the period (all still painting today)... counters this viewpoint, demonstrating that instead abstraction in this decade was vibrant and varied."
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.