Summer Love
at Janet Kurnatowski

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.

Cynthia Hartling, Untitled, 2009, 10 3/4 x 12 inches, oil on linen

Jackie Meier, Untitled, 2010, 15 x 15 inches, oil on canvas

Scott Malbaurn, Nautical Flip, 2010, 18 x 24 inches, acrylic on canvas

Mara Held, Pulceria, 2009, 18 x 12 inches, egg tempera on linen over panel

Elizabeth Hazan, Untitled (Crystalline), 2010, 14 x 18 inches, oil on canvas