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Modern Art Monday Presents: Ad Reinhardt, Number 22

Ad Reinhardt Number 22
Photos By Gail

Ad Reinhardt (19131967)  studied both Eastern and Western art history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He deepened his understanding of Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies by attending the lectures of Zen teacher Daisetz Suzuki at Columbia University. Number 22 (1949) shows Reinhardt fusing Eastern and Western traditions by using calligraphic brushwork inspired by Chinese and Japanese calligraphy in a gridded composition influenced by those of de Stijl cofounder Piet Mondrian.

Ad Reinhardt Number 22 Detail
Number 22, Detail

In classical East Asian painting, the fragility of paper wet with ink limits the artist’s ability to rework the composition. The sturdier canvas support and slower-drying oil paints used throughout much of the history of Western painting allows artists to highlight various revision and layering techniques. Although he worked in oil on canvas, Reinhardt chose to restrain himself and not rework his painting’s surface, in keeping with Asian calligraphic traditions. The result is a far more controlled manner of gestural painting than those of the Abstract Expressionists.

Photographed in the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Leila Heller Gallery Presents: Pouran Jinchi, Black & Blue

Hanged Series
Hanged Series, 2015 (All Photos By Gail)

Leila Heller Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of recent works by Persian artist Pouran Jinchi. Drawing on diverse cultural sources including literature, history, Folk art and religion, Jinchi has developed a visual vocabulary that inhabits the space between abstraction and calligraphy.

Stitched
Stitched

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Zheng Lu’s Water Dripping – Splashing at Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Sculpture by Zheng Lu
Water Dripping – Splashing By Zheng Lu (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge)

The gravity-defying sculpture works of Zheng Lu are deeply influenced by his study of traditional Chinese calligraphy, an art form he practiced growing up in a literary family. Zheng Lu uses language as a pictorial element, inscribing the surface of his stainless-steel sculptures with thousands of Chinese characters derived from texts and poems of historical significance.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail

To create his metal sculptures, Zheng Lu begins with a plaster base. He then laser-cuts character into metal, and in a fashion similar to linking chainmail, the pictographs are connected and heated so that they can be shaped to the support. The resulting works are technically astonishing: their fluid, animated forms are charged with the energy (qi) of the universe, belying their steel composite.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail 1

Zheng Lu was born in Chi Feng, Inner Mongolia, China in 1978. He lives and works in Beijing.

Sculpture by Zheng Lu Detail 2

Zheng Lu’s Water Dripping – Splashing is part of the Bright Eye of the Universe Exhibit and will be up Through October 10th, 2015 at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Located at 547 West 27th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Zheng Lu Signage

Leila Heller Gallery Presents Calligraffiti 1984 / 2013

Art by el Seed
Art By el Seed, All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were in the thick of an exhausting Art Crawl last Saturday, trying to catch up on dozens of exhibits whose opening receptions we weren’t able to hit on September 12th — the official kick off to the NY Art Scene’s Fall/Winter Season — when we were drawn into the Leila Heller Gallery by the colorful graphic mural by Tunisian artist el Seed wrapping the gallery’s windows from 25th Street around the corner and down 11th Avenue.

La2's Keith Hering Graffiti Room
La2’s Homage to Keith Haring Graffiti Room

I really enjoyed this exhibit, which has close to a hundred pieces by dozens of contributing artists. Read the press release for more information at This Link. I’m just going to post photos I took of a few of my favorite pieces without much further commentary, if any.

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