Reinventing Abstraction is currently on view at Cheim & Read, New York, and up through August 30, 2013. The exhibition, curated by Raphael Rubinstein, includes paintings of Louise Fishman, Bill Jensen, Jonathan Lasker, Pat Steir, Jack Whitten, Elizabeth Murray, Carroll Dunham, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters, Joan Snyder, David Reed, Mary Heilmann, Thomas Nozkowski, Gary Stephan, and Stephen Mueller.
As stated in the gallery press release, “This exhibition focuses on New York abstraction in the 1980s as practiced by a generation of painters born between 1939 and 1949. . . . . . . The 1939-1949 bracket encompasses a generation marked by the 1960s, by the social and political upheavals of the period. Rejecting formalism, these artists found diverse means of introducing new content into their work; their abstraction was frequently an impure abstraction. “
By the 1980s, each of these artists had established a distinctive style. As I am always curious about the threads that weave through an artist's work over time, I've selected the work of 8 artists and paired a painting from this exhibit with a more contemporary work.
|Navigation 1981 oil on linen 25 x 22 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Assunta 2012 oil on linen 70 x 60 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Rio Nido 1987 acrylic and oil on canvas 39 x 58 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Sea within a Sea 2011 oil on wood panel 24 x 30 inches Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth|
|Double Play 1987 oil on linen 76 x 100 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Scenic Remembrance 2007 oil on linen 90 x 120 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Untitled (6-30) 1988 oil on canvas board 16 x 20 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Untitled (9-18) 2012 oil on linen on panel 22 x 28 inches Courtesy of Pace Gallery|
|Last Wave Painting: Wave Becoming a Waterfall 1987-88 oil on canvas 84 x 128 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Sixty by Fifty Number One 2011 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Red, Black and Green 1979-80 acrylic and string on canvas 64 x 64 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Apps for Obama 2011 acrylic on hollow core door 84 x 91 inches Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates|
|Sixteen Songs 1984 oil on linen 66 x 108 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Nigerian Smile 2012 oil on linen 72 x 72 inches Courtesy of Team Gallery|
|Point 1985 oil on linen 102 x 69 inches Courtesy of Cheim & Read|
|Tessellation Figures (4) 2011 oil on linen 80 x 76 inches Courtesy of Mathew Marks Gallery|
For more information on the exhibit Reinventing Abstraction, take a look at this article by Thomas Micchelli on Hyperallergic. You can also view a full walk through of the exhibit on opening night by James Kalm by clicking here.