Steven Alexander blogs about Gene Davis' small works from 1958-1960.
Alexander writes that Davis began "in 1958 to make very small paintings that employed vertical stripes and explored elemental rhythms and color resonances. The purity and potency of these first canvases is extraordinary, and their direct simplicity gives way by 1961 to the highly complex arrays and huge scale for which Davis is best known."
Mark Dagley profiles a little-known body of work, the "Dog-Eared" paintings of Washington D.C. based painter Dan Yellow Kuhne.
Dagely writes that the "Dog-Eared" paintings, which date from 1970 - 1974, "introduce the modern viewer to a young artist not just proficient at assimilating style... but also interested in the structural and behavioral elements of paint, elements particularly located in a series of paintings by Morris Louis now known as the triadic veils."
Alan Shipway takes a fresh look at the paintings of Morris Louis.
Shipway writes that "Louis' mature painting evolved over the affluent years of Eisenhower's America, into the Kennedy era, and there is something undeniably optimistic about his pure colour, the sheer physical expanse of his paintings. But they transcend American materialism, or formalism for that matter: Louis' optimism simply belongs to the artist sensing the possibilities of his own art, opening out before him."
Mark Dagley visits 92 year old Washington Color School painter Paul Reed.
Dagley writes: "Reed is the last surviving participant of the Washington Color Painters exhibition, a pivotal event in the annals of the Washington, D.C. art scene... Of all the Washington Color Painters, Reed employed the most non-programmatic approach to painting. His work is enigmatically structured and unabashedly chromatic... He was, and still is, the only original member of the Color Painters to continually use Nature itself as a referent in his work."
[VIDEO] Sam Gilliam discusses his new work Flour Mill, a painting installation at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. on view through April 24, 2011. The film documents the installation of Gilliam's work, which was inspired by the work of American Modernist Arthur Dove.
Great installation photos of the exhibition Washington Color and Light on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through March 6, 2011. New American Paintings blog writes: "Often characterized by their use of oversized canvases and hard-edged swaths of solid, bold colors, Washington Color School artists sought to distance themselves from the emotional baggage of their abstract expressionist roots, instead presenting color in its purest form as the ultimate medium of aesthetic expression."
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.