Claude Viallat, Untitled No. 103, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 66 inches (courtesy Cheim & Read)
Sharon Butler blogs about painter Claude Viallat and the Supports/Surfaces group in relation to contemporary painting.
Butler remarks that Viallat's work "strikes me as a precursor to the Casualist aesthetic... I find Viallat's relationship to the Casualist abstraction of artists such as Chris Martin, Rochelle Feinstein, Tatiana Berg, and Lauren Luloff fascinating."
Sharon Butler posts about "the open proposition in contemporary abstraction." She writes: "There is a studied, passive-aggressive incompleteness to much of the most interesting abstract work that painters are making today. But the subversion of closure isn't their only priority. They also harbor a broader concern with multiple forms of imperfection... The painters take a meta approach that refers... back to the process of painting itself."
Raphael Rubinstein blogs about the under-known work of Noël Dolla.
Rubinstein maintains that Dolla has made "...some of the most significant statements in and about painting... with dishtowels, handkerchiefs, fishing lures, pillowcases and rolls of 14-centimeter wide muslin."
Rubinstein also notes that Dolla was "Fascinated by domestic readymades and also by pure color, passionately committed to painting and intelligently irreverent towards its pretensions, equally ready to uphold the legacy of Malevitch and Barnett Newman (his two greatest influences) and to pursue what he has called “humiliated abstraction..."
Steven Alexander visits the exhibition Alan Shields, Something Goin' On & On on view at Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York through June 24, 2011. Alexander writes that Shields' work is " ...deeply rooted in a ritualization of the painting process and an assertion of art-making as an ancient practice... the large paintings possess a rich merger of painterly field and constructed objecthood -- at once offhanded and painstakingly built."
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.