Monday, January 5, 2015

40th Anniversary at Andre Zarre Gallery

I wanted to get some images from Andre Zarre Gallery's 40th Anniversary exhibition. Up now.

Peter Reginato: Whom you've heard many times of my appreciation for. This time his painting has a ring of commentary on what seems to be pissing a lot of people off, the whole idea of Zombie Formalism. In Peter's painting, the dots are the zombies taking over the world, or the art world. A gorgeous painting with a great commentary on contemporary art life.

Ellen Banks: This is my first painting I have seen from her. I quite like it. I can't tell if it's encaustic or just oil mediums mixed with wax, ala Brice Marden. Either way, it's what she does with the mediums that count here. Very sensual painting that makes me wonder just how powerful they could be scaled up.


Dee Shapiro: This is my first Shapiro that I have witnessed in person and I have to say i'm quite impressed. I did hear that she doesn't do many of these and I think that's a shame as they are painting that I would like to see more of. It looks like she uses an extruder in these paintings and just the thought of her using a different method of paint application gets me more into it. As you know, I have a love for irregular paint applications.


Robert Swain: Finally got to see a work in person by this color maestro. Guys like Swain have such a control over their colors that it really becomes as amazing to see the interior of their studios and all those jars of color they mix. I now wish I had seen the exhibitions at Minus Space and at Hunter College. (video courtesy of James Kalm AKA Loren Munk)


The next two paintings are by painters that really dig texture in their work. Textural painting really gets my eye going. And these two paintings by Don Hazlitt and Joy Walker both get the eye candy idea going in me.


There's not a lot I can say about these two paintings, but what I can tell you is they are works that NEED to be seen in person. No amount of camera work is going to extrapolate what one can and will see in person.


Dee Solin: You know me, you know I dig the work of Solin. I've watched her painting grow over the last three years and she continues to surprise me with her radiant paintings. My only regret is that she doesn't make 8ft paintings. Something to truly engulf the viewer, as I believe these truly would. They are micro and macrocosm's at the same time. Dee talks about her paintings like a scientist and you don't get much of that these days, people always seem to talk about work that it does this and that, which usually just sounds like artspeak and turns people off. But Dee's commentary is as lucid and together as her paintings. I just wanna take a swim in them. Over the years I've been privy to see the mastery of her brush, as she has come from a photorealist background and is so intense with structure of her paintings. I do believe she is working on a new body of paintings for a solo exhibition to come at Zarre...THE BERKELEY PAINTINGS MARCH 3 - APRIL 4, 2015


I hope that you are able to take the exhibition in for yourself. It's a very sparsely hung exhibition with lots of room between paintings. A really great group exhibition. It's on until January 24th 2015.


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