Barnett Newman, Galaxy, 1949, Oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches, Collection of Lynn and Allen M. Turner, Chicago (courtesy Craig F. Starr Gallery)
Steven Alexander reviews the exhibition Barnett Newman: Paintings at Craig F. Starr Gallery, on view through December 17, 2011.
Alexander writes that "the intimate setting allows close inspection that reveals the raw directness of Newman's process. Each work seems carefully considered and quickly executed, exuding a freshness that is astonishing and a potency that transcends its small scale. One wonders how many of these little things Newman had lying around the studio."
Laurie Fendrich reviews the exhibition de Kooning: A Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, on view through January 9, 2012.
Fendrich writes: "Many influences lurk in the work - Picasso, Matisse, Gorky, School of Paris contour-driven painting, surrealism, American toothpaste ads (those toothy mouths in his Women paintings). Yet de Kooning was no synthesizer. He brazenly pushed forward, giving paint enough leash to become its own actor out discovering its own boundaries. His hunt was for nothing less than to make a painting express the ineffable, terrible awe of existence itself."
"It has always been my hope to create a free place or area of life where an idea can transcend politics, ambition, and commerce. It will perhaps remain a hope. But I must believe that somewhere there may be an exception."
Clyfford Still, An Open Letter to an Art Critic, Artforum, December 1963 1
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