Ron Gorchov, La Piva, 2012, Oil on linen, 35 x 45 x 9 inches (courtesy Cheim & Read)
James Kalm visits the exhibition of new paintings by Ron Gorchov at Cheim & Read, New York, on view through April 28, 2012.
Kalm notes "in the late sixties that Gorchov devised his unique painting support, often referred to as a 'saddle shape.' The use of this convex surface was a refutation of Clement Greenberg's dogmatic idea that the picture plane must be flat, and rectangular. Along with his 'saddle shape' canvases Gorchov has developed a 'stack' format, a series of curved planes overlaying each other, that he paints sophisticated color studies on. This exhibition presents recent examples of Gorchov's works that display his innovative comingling of painting and sculpture and the mastery of his means."
Caleb De Jong reviews the exhibition Bill Jensen at Cheim and Read, New York, on view through February 18, 2012.
De Jong writes that Jensen's "new paintings provide a tonal and chromatically hushed experience. Brush-marks no longer create unified composition, instead forms float atop the picture plane and splotches of collage-like paint stitch the surface together. Titles such as, 'The Trinity,' 'Song of Songs' and 'Begot' insinuate a turn of mind. Moving away from an 'exterior' optically sumptuous chroma, Jensen's new works posit an interior, ineffable space for contemporary painting."
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