There's a wealth of good painting in the New York galleries in January, and much more on the way....
Marina Adams at Salon 94 through February 22
Marina Adams shows a powerful group of abstract paintings at Salon 94. These large beauties feature high keyed color and ambiguous organic shapes and spaces, distilled through adept and open paint handling.
Tristan Barlow and Hans Neleman at Anita Rogers through February 11
London based painter Tristan Barlow is in a two person show with Dutch-born photographer Hans Neleman at Anita Rogers in Soho. Both artists explore processes of accumulation and excavation involving cultural imagery and sensual materiality. Barlow employs layers of marks and shapes that gel into luscious intuitive abstractions that convey a dynamic sense of place. Neleman constructs framed assemblages with great attention to the nuances of mystery and meaning latent in his time-worn found materials and images.
Katherine Bradford at Sperone Westwater through February 11
Katherine Bradford's roll continues with a group of big new paintings upstairs at Sperone Westwater. Her imagery, sometimes fantastical and sometimes banal, provides a source of fascination and a vehicle for her beautifully offhanded process and great color.
Dan Walsh at Paula Cooper through February 4
Dan Walsh's new paintings at Paula Cooper continue to refine his signature process that is at once baffling in its intricacy and thrilling in its directness.
TAL R, Cabaret Closed, 2016, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas, 78 x 98 inches
Copenhagen based painter TAL R is presenting a group of new works at Cheim and Read, through February 11, 2017. The new work, large scale paintings and small crayon drawings, begin with photographs of facades of random sex shops around the world - some taken by the artist, some sent to him by friends. The paintings are made with raw pigment and rabbit skin glue on rough linen, which creates a unique scumbled surface and sensual vibrant color. These are breathtakingly beautiful pieces that operate as brilliant metaphors for painting -- the frontally of the plane that both seduces with its material beauty and conceals the messy business that goes on "in the back room".
TAL R, Red Roof, 2016, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas
TAL R, House Tiffany, 2015, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas, 98 x 78 inches
TAL R, Cabaret, 2016, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas, 67 x 97 inches
TAL R, Snow, 2016, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas, 67 x 78 inches
TAL R, Keyhole, 2016, pigment & rabbit skin glue on canvas, 94 x 74 inches
In what can only be regarded as a tragic year for the world, we were at least fortunate to witness an endless stream of remarkable and momentous exhibitions of visual poetry to give us a glimmer of hope for humanity. Here are just a few of the standouts.