Steven Alexander, NOMAD 4, 2019, oil & acrylic on canvas, 50 x 60 inches

Wishing everyone LOVE and PEACE in 2020.


More Memorable NY Shows from 2019

Squeak Carnwath at Jane Lombard

Mary Corse at Pace and Dia Beacon

Helen Frankenthaler at the Parrish Museum & Mnuchin

Peter Halley at Greene Naftali

Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks

Jasper Johns at Craig F. Starr (see post below)

Brice Marden at Gagosian (see post below)

Knox Martin at Hollis Taggart

Joanne Mattera at Odetta

Alice Neel at David Zwirner

Doug Ohlson at Washburn

Michelle Stuart at Galerie Lelong

John Zurier at Peter Blum


BRICE MARDEN at Gagosian

Brice Marden, Withwhite, 2018-19, oil on linen, 72 x 120 inches 

 Brice Marden, Withwhite (detail) 

This exhibition of six new large paintings plus several smaller pieces and a group of drawings by Brice Marden at Gagosian uptown was, I believe, a watershed exhibition for Marden. The paintings in this show, which ended December 21, 2019, are masterworks -- the artist in total integration with his medium and his language -- loose and open, always digging deeper. They are both breathtakingly beautiful and beautifully offhanded, exuding a sense of release and utter joy.

 Brice Marden, Yellow Painting, 2018-19, oil on linen, 72 x 120 inches

 Brice Marden, Yellow Painting (detail) 

Brice Marden, installation at Gagosian

 Brice Marden, Nevis Study 3, 2017, oil on linen, 36 x 60 inches 

Brice Marden, Nevis Night Drawing, 2018, Kremer inks on Arches paper, 30 x 22 inches


JASPER JOHNS at Craig F. Starr

 Jasper Johns, Corpse and Mirror II, 1974-75, oil & sand on canvas (4 panels), 57 x 75 inches

  Jasper Johns, Corpse and Mirror II (detail)

Craig F. Starr Gallery is featuring a remarkable collection of Jasper Johns "Crosshatch" paintings -- some that have never been shown, through January 18, 2020.

Johns developed this motif in the mid 1970s, and it is a distinct high point in his oeuvre. Emerging at a moment when painting was marginalized, this body of work marks Johns' first major foray into pure abstraction, and is a tour de force of sensuality and conceptual rigor. Here Johns devised an intricate system of mirrored structures that allowed him to dance around the space/plane of the painting, moving this way and that, building beautiful matrices of existential engagement.

  Jasper Johns, Between the Clock and the Bed, 1983, oil on canvas, 17 x 30 inches

  Jasper Johns, Between the Clock and the Bed, 1983, oil on canvas, 17 x 30 inches

  Jasper Johns, Cicada, 1979, oil on canvas, 30 x 22 inches

  Jasper Johns, Cicada, 1979, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

 Jasper Johns, Dancers on a Plane, 1982, graphite wash on India paper, 35 x 27 inches


In the Studio

Steven Alexander, Nomad 3, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches


Chelsea Season Openers

 Anni Albers at David Zwirner

 Vija Celmins Prints ar Matthew Marks

 Ed Clark at Hauser & Wirth

 Julian Hatton at Elizabeth Harris

 Gary Hume at Matthew Marks

 Matt Kleberg at Hiram Butler Pop-up

 Paul Klee at David Zwirner

 Ray Parker at Washburn

 Amy Sherald at Hauser & Wirth

 Amy Sherald, Detail

 Yvonne Thomas at Berry Campbell

Deborah Zlotsky at Kathryn Markel


In the Studio

Steven Alexander, Nomad 1, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 72 x 60 inches


In the Studio

Steven Alexander, Reverb 24, 2019, oil and acrylic on linen, 16 x 14 inches

Steven Alexander, Tabula 7, 2019, oil on canvas, 42 x 30 inches


A Few Recent Standouts, NYC

 Rebecca Purdum at the Resnick-Passloff Foundation

 Rebecca Purdum

Rebecca Purdum (detail)

 Emily Berger at Odetta

Otis Jones at Jack Hanley

Knox Martin at Hollis Taggart

Joan Mitchell at David Zwirner

David Novros at Paula Cooper

 Matt Phillips at Hollis Taggart

R.H. Quaytman at the Guggenheim

Don Voisine at McKenzie