30.3.19

Color, Pattern, Texture & Shape at Spanierman Modern Miami


Here are a few images from a wonderful 3-person show in which I am honored to participate: Color, Pattern, Texture & Shape: Steven Alexander, Louise P. Sloane, Heidi Spector, at Spanierman Modern Miami through April 14, 2019. Many thanks to Gavin Spanierman for his generosity and expert curation.

L to R: Sloane, Alexander, Alexander

L to R: Alexander, Sloane, Spector

Steven Alexander, Poet XIV, 2016, oil & acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches

 L to R: Alexander, Sloane, Spector

Steven Alexander, Transfer 1, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 inches

4.1.19

In the Studio

Steven Alexander, Veil 4, 2018, oil and acrylic on linen, 16 x 14 inches

1.1.19

2019

Wishing everyone love and peace in 2019.

Steven Alexander, Generation 5, 2018, oil & acrylic on linen, 60 x 50 inches

27.12.18

Some New York Highlights from 2018

It was a very busy year, and I certainly missed far more than I saw in New York this season. But here is a rundown of some of the standouts.


 Eric Aho at DC Moore


 Ilya Bolatowski at Washburn


 Frank Bowling at Alexander Gray


 Svenja Deininger at Marianne Boesky


 Douglas Florian at Bravin Lee


 Liza Lou at Lehmann Maupin


 Agnes Martin and Navajo Blankets at Pace


 Melissa Meyer at Lennon, Weinberg


 Joan Mitchell at Cheim and Read


 David Row at Loretta Howard


 John Walker at 499 Park Avenue


 Stephen Westfall at Lennon, Weinberg


 Stanley Whitney at Lisson

 Thornton Willis at Elizabeth Harris


Terry Winters at the Drawing Center

20.12.18

LAURA DUERWALD at Gremillion & Co.


Here are a few images from a magnificent show -- LAURA DUERWALD: Changeable Conditions, at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art in Houston (closed December 15).

 Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

 Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

 Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

 Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

 Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

Laura Duerwald: Changeable Conditions, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston

20.10.18

JOHN WALKER at 499 Park Avenue

John Walker, Swept In, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 66 inches 

With all that is happening in New York museums and galleries, it would be easy to overlook this extraordinary group of recent paintings by John Walker, rather tucked away at the 499 Park Avenue lobby gallery (through March 30, 2019). Hanging in the massive corporate lobby on marble walls, Walker's muscular, rugged paintings are visualizations of human presence, and for those who walk through this cold space daily, must be a welcome reminder of their aliveness.

I have always thought of Walker as a landscape painter -- not landscape as seen, but landscape as felt, or as sensed in totality. These works are built as organized accumulations of rhythms. It is the rhythm of the pulse, the breath, the waves on the shore. The striations of thick impasto have a primal quality that supports their connection to these most fundamental impulses. In their scale, weight, and heavily worked surfaces, these paintings offer endless excursions into the depths of human sensibility.

John Walker, Swept In (detail)


John Walker, Champagne Day, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 66 inches 


John Walker, John's Bay Pollution, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 66 inches 


John Walker, Stacked, 2017, oil on canvas, 84 x 66 inches 


John Walker, Stacked (detail) 


John Walker, Installation view, 2018, 499 Park Avenue Gallery

9.9.18

GONÇALO IVO: New Paintings

Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm

As artists get older, we often tend to drill down into a tighter and tighter focus, exploring increasingly minute nuances within a particular motif or idiom. For Brazilian painter Gonçalo Ivo, however, this way of working has never been of interest. Undoubtedly the most prolific painter I know, Gonçalo commands a visual vocabulary that is almost infinite, a creative energy that seem inexhaustible. He has inherited and inhabited deep affinities with the most fundamental human impulses to develop a life and a body of work that is infused with extreme sensuality, and that constantly reminds us of the potential richness of existence.

 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm

 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm


 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm


 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm


 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm


 Gonçalo Ivo, 2018, oil on linen, 180 x 120 cm


See more of Gonçalo Ivo's work HERE, including his magnificent Lamento series from 2012.
Read a wonderful interview with Gonçalo by Julie Karabenick HERE.
And read my essay about his work from the book: Gonçalo Ivo: Oratório HERE.

Gonçalo Ivo, Lamento (installation, Rio de Janeiro), 2012

Gonçalo Ivo, Lamento, 2011, oil on linen, 240 x 120 cm

21.7.18

CALL AND RESPONSE


Here are a few images from my exhibition titled Call and Response, curated by Spanierman Modern at The Pierre Hotel, New York (through September 30, 2018). I am most grateful to Gavin Spanierman for this beautiful installation, and for his vision in moving the work outside the gallery space, exploring alternative venues for exhibitions.

Steven Alexander, Generation 3, 2018, oil & acrylic on linen, 60 x 50 inches

Steven Alexander, (l) Arcade 8, 2018, oil & acrylic on linen, 42 x 36, (r) Is & Was 25, 2017, oil & acrylic on canvas, 60 x 50 inches 

Steven Alexander, Reverb 9, 2017, oil & acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches 

Steven Alexander, Poet XIV, 2016, oil & acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches 

Steven Alexander, Tracer 10, 2016, oil & acrylic on canvas, 42 x 60 inches

Steven Alexander, Arcade 8, 2018, oil & acrylic on canvas, 42 x 36 inches

Steven Alexander, Generation 4, 2018, oil & acrylic on canvas, 32 x 32 inches