Kazimira Rachfal, Untitled, 2008, 10 x 8 inches, oil on canvas
It's a bit after the fact, but among the many interesting summer group shows this season was a beautiful show called Summer Love, full of wonderful small-scale abstract paintings at Janet Kurnatowski in Brooklyn. This exhibition was another affirmation of the vitality of abstraction and sensuous painting in New York. Each work in the show was a handmade jewel, intimate in scale, expansive in scope. It was obvious that none of these artists were involved with notions of strategy, but rather that each was engaged in a personal poetic dialogue with the language and history of painting, and with the world.