A short essay by Barry Schwabsky written for the exhibition Fade Away curated by Alli Sharma. Fade Away explores "paintings that oscillate between representation and abstraction." Schwabsky writes: "the fact that so many painters today are working along the broad and very porous border between abstraction and images is a sign that this boundary is, in itself, an object of great fascination. It’s as if the potential for transition had become more urgent than identification with a fixed position. Mobility trumps rigor."
Fade Away is on view at Gallery North, University of Northumbria through May 26, 2011.
Edward M. Gómez looks at abstract painting through the lens of several artists including Joan Mitchell, Louise Fishman, Karl Klingbiel, Gene Mann, and Madeleine Spierer. These painters, Gómez writes, "understand that the ambiguity that is [abstraction's] essence is also its great poetic strength."
[IMAGES] Installation photos from the exhibition Provisional Painting on view at Modern Art London through May 25, 2011.
The exhibition, curated by Raphael Rubinstein, takes it's title and premise from Rubinstein's 2009 essay "Provisional Painting" in which he writes: "Provisional painting is not about making 'last paintings', nor is it about the deconstruction of the medium. What the various works in the show share is neither style nor content, neither techniques nor materials, but rather a profound willingness to suspend closure, to leave painting open."
Coining the term "anti-immediate," Mario Naves' latest post finds the internal logic and "elusive sense of, not so much time away, as time passing" in the work of Helen Miranda Wilson to be a meaningful antidote to search engine driven culture. Wilson's work is on view in the exhibition 70 Years of Abstract Painting - Excerpts at Jason McCoy Gallery through May 20, 2011.
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.