Tag Archives: Abstract Art

Modern Art Monday Presents: Willem de Kooning, Easter Monday

Easter Monday
Photo By Gail

A tour de force of Willem de Kooning’s gestural style, Easter Monday (1955-56) bristles with energy. Angled forms and lines collide, overlap and penetrate one another, while transferred newsprint, particularly visible at the bottom and top right, enforces a tenuous, grid-like structure. The work appears to be in simultaneous processes of creation and destruction, a perpetual state of both realization and erasure that finds some analogy in the continuous growth and decay of nature.

Named for the day on which de Kooning completed it in 1956, Easter Monday is the largest of ten monumental works that he exhibited that spring. Critic Thomas Hess likened the group to “abstract urban landscapes,” and Easter Monday does seem to reference the whirling pace and gritty detritus of the modern city.

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera currently on extended view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.


Modern Art Monday Presents: Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Painting

Suprematist Painting
Photo By Gail

Kazimir Malevich (February 23, 1879 – May 15, 1935) was a Russian painter and art theoretician. He was a pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde, Suprematist movement, which he founded in December of 1915.

Suprematism, named thus because Malevich’s new style claimed supremacy over the forms of nature, unveiled a radically new mode of abstract painting that abandoned all reference to the outside world in favor of colored geometric shapes floating against white backgrounds. Since Suprematism rejected the deliberate illusions of representational painting, Malevich saw it as a form of realism — “new painterly realism” was his term — and understood its subject to be the basic components of painting’s language, such as color, line, and brushwork. The basic units of this visual vocabulary were planes, stretched, rotated, and overlapping. For the artist, the white backgrounds against which they were set mapped the boundless space of the ideal.

Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist Painting (1916 – 17) is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Holton Rower’s Pour Paintings & Focus Paintings at The Hole

Holton Rower Pour Painting 1
All Photos By Gail

The Hole Gallery on Bowery is the place to go right now to see two great exhibits under one roof. In tandem with the abstract group exhibit, Xtraction, the gallery is hosting two diverse bodies of work by painter Holton Rower that are equally impressive. Rower’s Pour Paintings, which resemble huge, abstract psychedelic targets as well as the concentric rings that appear in a bisected tree trunk, take their name from the artist’s process of pouring hand-made acrylic paints over a wood “canvas.”

Holton Rower Pour Painting Close Up

In this photo above you can see the edge detail of where the paint drips over and extends beyond the boundaries of the canvas.

Holton Rower Pour Paintings 2

The process of creating pour paintings is probably most identified with Lynda Benglis, but while the process is similar, Rower’s paintings are truly unique and have a wildly organic feel.

Holton Rower Pour Paintings 3
Holton Rower Pour Paintings 3 Close Up

Detail from Painting in Photo Above

Holton Rower’s Pour Paintings are unbelievably gorgeous and these photos can’t accurately capture their color and vibrant energy.

Holton Rower Focus Paintings Wall

In the same gallery, Rower introduces a new body of work he calls Focus Paintings that, hilariously, are created to deliberately appear out of focus. What makes these muted yet colorful paintings even more fun to ponder is the fact that the artist refuses to divulge the process through which he creates them.

Holton Rower Focus Painting

This one reminds me of an abstract representation of a photo of a galaxy. Really beautiful.

Pour Paintings: Focus Paintings By Holton Rower will be on Exhibit through June 20th, 2013 at The Hole, Located at 312 Bowery (at 2nd Street), NYC. Visit The Hole NYC for Gallery Hours and More Information.

Xstraction Group Show at The Hole Gallery

Davina Semo Xstraction
Artwork By Davina Semo on Exhibit Now at The Hole (All Photos By Gail)

The Hole is currently hosting a large group show in its main gallery that is all about new approaches to Abstract Painting. All I can say is what a colorful show! With 39 artists ranging from the legendary to the brand new, this exhibition looks at some of the major themes in abstract painting today, including the influence of digital technology, textile based abstraction, material driven and process based abstraction, as well as many others. Xstraction is probably the most varied, fun and most vibrant collection of contemporary abstract works I’ve seen in any gallery show in recent memory.

Davina Semo Xstraction Detail
Detail of Industrial Chains making up the Orange Cross, Above

It was so exciting to see all of the ways that an artist can approach a work that will hang on a wall. These are some of my favorite pieces from Friday night’s opening reception.

Faded Tie Dye Xstraction

I love this canvas that has the look of faded tie dye. The gallery staff was a bit tight on time to open the doors on Friday, so they did not have any of the artist’s names next to their works yet. That’s why I can’t tell you the who is responsible for each of these awesome paintings, but hopefully my photos will entice you to come out and see this gorgeous show!

Orange and Yellow Xstraction

Xstraction Pink and Yellow Sculpture

You can probably guess that this one is my favorite.
Xstraction Multi Colored Painting

Xstraction SculpturePainting

Xstraction Group Exhibit will be on Display through June 20th, 2013 at The Hole, Located at 312 Bowery (at 2nd Street), NYC. Visit The Hole NYC for Gallery Hours and More Information.

Xstraction Exhibit Signage