12.30.2011

Fair Play: Some Paintings

The posts so far:

Ruth Hiller, §, encaustic on panel, 12 x 12 inches

I’m starting the penultimate post in this Fair Play series with the painting that closed the previous post: §, by Ruth Hiller, at the Conrad Wilde Gallery at Aqua Art. I'm doing so because I want a transition between the materiality of the previous post and the materiality that informs a number of works here.

Hiller's is a quirky piece, by turns cartoony, creepy, scientific, and beautiful. David Cohen,editor of Artcritical, noted the gallery and Hiller’s work, along with mine, this way: “Stand-out exhibits at Aqua included . . . the funky abstractionist stable of Conrad Wilde Gallery of Tucson, Arizona, amongst them the sensual encaustic monochromes of Joanne Mattera and the biomorphic reliefs of Ruth Hiller."
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So from Hiller’s paintings, with their smooth surface seemingly about to erupt, we go to my chromatic abstractions.
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Hiller, left, and Mattera at Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Aqua Art

My Silk Road 147, 2011, encaustic on panel, 16 x 16 inches

We’re going to stay with small paintings for a bit. There’s a lot of big at the fairs, but the small paintings I saw really held their own. I expect to see smaller work at the smaller venues, but it's always a surprise to see them at ABMB. For instance, this one by Piero Dorazio. De Keyser, of course, I expect to see small wherever they're shown.


Above and below:
Piero Dorazio abstractions, made between 1967 and 1976, at Moeller Gallery, New York and Berlin, ABMB




Steven Baris at Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Aqua Art

Above and below
Raoul De Keyser, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, ABMB . . .


. . . and one more below


Caetano de Almeida, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paolo, ABMB


Sarah Braman, Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York, ABMB


John McCallister, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NADA


Liu Wei, Long March Space, Beijing, ABMB
Detail of oil on canvas below



Matthew Antezzo, Klosterfelde Gallery, Berlin, ABMB
Detail of thread grid below



Alexandre da Cunha, unidentified gallery, ABMB
Detail below, of painted deck-chair canvas



Harvey Quaytman, McKee Gallery, New York, ABMB
Detail of oil on canvas below



Rosemarie Trockel, gallery unidentified, ABMB
Detail above of painted stripe on knitted surface
Full view below



Lucio Fontana, a Concetto Spaziale, gallery unidentified, ABMB


Garth Weiser, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, ABMB
Detail above, full view below



I liked Weiser's paintings so much I included another one
Detail below



Bjarne Nelgaard, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, ABMB


Maryann Unger, watermedia on paper, Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York, ABMB


Rebecca Morris, Harris Lieberman, Gallery, New York, ABMB


Tomory Dodge, CRG Gallery, New York, ABMB


Charlene Von Heyl, Capitain/Petzel Galleries, Cologne and New York, ABMB


Installation view at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, ABMB
Two mixed-media works

Above: Lecia Dole-Recio
Below: Lisa Lapinski



Dona Nelson, unidentified gallery, ABMB


Rainer Gross, Stefan Roepke Gallery, Cologne, Pulse
Detail Below



Alfred Jensen, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, ABMB
Detail below


I love coming upon Latin American abstractionists whose work is new to me.

Alfredo Hlito, oil on canvas, 1954, at Guillermo de Osma Galeria, Madrid, ABMB
Installation below



Alan Shields, Greenberg Van Doren, New York, ABMB
Closer view of individual work below



Josephine Meckseper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, ABMB
Closer view above of the installation below



One more Rosemarie Trockel, gallery unidentified, ABMB
Detail below



BQ Gallery, Berlin, ABMB; artist unidentified


Mark Hagen paintings, acrylic on burlap, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, ABMB

Sigmar Polke at unidentified gallery; Poul Gernes, Galeri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, ABMB


Next up:
. Not Miami: New Year's Greeting on January 1
. Not Miami: Soie, an Online solo show of my recent gouaches
. Miami Roundup on Wednesday, Jan. 4
. Results of Art? Or Not Art? on Friday, Jan. 6

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5 comments:

Richard Bottwin said...

Love the Baris installation at Pentimenti!

ken said...

Great stuff, Joanne, and great coverage throughout. You selected so many good looking works to show us. I hate to be so predictable, but that Jensen really got me going...

Joanne Mattera said...

Thanks, Richard and Ken.

Ken: When I was photographing the Jensen, I was thinking: "This painting is going to make a lot of people very happy." You were one of the people I was thinking about--undoubtedly because your black and white diamond painting is on my mind. But still, to have you respond this way is quite amazing.

ken said...

: )

Nancy Natale said...

Wonderful collection of paintings! My faves: Mattera, Dorazino, Von Heyl, Nelson and Shields. With painting so being so strong and varied, it's disappointing to see so little attention being given to it at the Whitney Biennial. There's nothing like the materiality of paint - unless it's the materiality of stuff. You can't drool on a pixel.