In the Studio

Steven Alexander Studio, 2016


In the Studio

Steven Alexander, Tabula 3, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches


Summer in the City

It has been a very busy summer, so not much writing or blogging going on. But there has been a steady stream of engaging painting in the galleries. Here are a few of the highlights.

Meghan Brady at Able Baker, Portland, Maine 

Eric Brown at McKenzie in " Construction Site" (image from gallery website)

Tom Burkhardt at Tibor de Nagy in "Objecty" (image from gallery website)

Stuart Davis at the Whitney Museum 

Hans Hofmann at Ameringer McEnery Yohe (image from gallery website)

Perl Fine in the side room at Berry Campbell

Liv Mette Larsen at McKenzie in "Construction Site" (image from gallery website) 

N. Dash at Casey Kaplan 

Eric Dever in the side room at Berry Campbell

Matt Phillips at Able Baker, Portland, Maine 

Susan Vecsey at Berry Campbell 

Stephen Westfall at Lennon Weinberg 

Alison Hall at McKenzie in "Construction Site" (image from gallery website) 

Juan Usle at Cheim and Read



ICON Contemporary Art
19 Mason Street, Brunswick, Maine
May 28 - June 25, 2016


PHILIP GUSTON at Hauser & Wirth

Philip Guston, Rite, 1957, oil on illustration board, 24 x 35 in.

Philip Guston: Painter 1957-1967 at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea is a watershed exhibition and a revelation. It is astounding that such a show could be assembled almost immediately after Guston's estate moved from the McKee gallery, bringing together more than 50 major works from what I consider to be Guston's most important period. These paintings have long been regarded by many as transitional, from the color field abstractions of the early '50s to the infamous figural work of the '70s, and as such have been generally undervalued in Guston's oeuvre. They are indeed agonizing paintings in which the artist's existential struggle is laid bare on the canvas, and through which he finds his way to his "breakthrough", to a new kind of figuration. The magnificent import of these works lies precisely in that struggle and its metaphorical embodiment in abstract form. With an unparalleled rawness, these paintings convey the gut wrenching tensions that hold and build through a charged decade of searching and speculating about the nature of being, and the nature of painting. Here we see Guston squared off, facing the canvas, painting his way through a mortal battle between his deepest desires and his most dogged preconceptions, pushing his notion of abstraction to a precipice.  

Philip Guston, Untitled, 1958, oil on canvas, 64 x 75 in.

 Philip Guston, Painter, 1959, oil on canvas, 65 x 69 in.

 Philip Guston, Turn, 1959, oil on panel, 22 x 28 in.

Philip Guston, Turnabout, 1959, oil on paper mounted on panel, 22 x 30 in.

Philip Guston, Untitled, 1959, oil on paper mounted on panel, 18 x 24 in.

Philip Guston, Alchemist, 1960, oil on canvas, 61 x 67 in.

Philip Guston, Path II, 1960, oil on canvas, 62 x 71 in.

Philip Guston, Slope II, 1961, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 40 x 30 in.

Philip Guston, Accord, 1962, oil on canvas, 68 x 78 in.

Philip Guston, Painter III, 1963, oil on canvas, 66 x 79 in.

Philip Guston, The Three, 1964, oil on canvas, 80 x 91 in.

Philip Guston, The Year, 1964, oil on canvas, 78 x 107 in.

Philip Guston, May Sixty-Five, 1965, oil on canvas, 70 x 80 in.

Philip Guston, Installation, 2016, Hauser & Wirth, NYC