Saturday, March 27, 2010

Research Stuff - "Besides, With, Against, and Yet"

I haven't figured out a good way to quickly compile online research "on-the-fly". So I'm putting it here for now.

Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street, 212-255-5793
November 11, 2009 - January 16, 2010
Opening: Friday, November 13, 5 - 8 PM
Curated by Debra Singer
The Kitchen says: This group exhibition brings together more than twenty New York-based artists whose works engage diverging conceptual approaches to abstract painting and question the fundamental roots of the medium's modernist legacies. Renegotiating histories of painting with a mixture of both irony and sincerity, these artists appropriate aspects of non-narrative abstraction as “ready-made” vocabularies to be reinvented. Whether resulting from detached and mechanized modes of production or more direct, hand-rendered means, the works’ formal gestural qualities are offered up in relation to conceptual, minimalist, process, and pop art traditions. The artists in the show include: Richard Aldrich, Polly Apfelbaum, Kerstin Br├Ątsch, Jessica Dickinson, Cheryl Donegan, Keltie Ferris, Wade Guyton, Jaya Howey, Alex Hubbard, Jacqueline Humphries, Jacob Kassay, Jutta Koether, Nate Lowman, Seth Price, R.H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne, Davis Rhodes, Cheyney Thompson, Patricia Treib, Charline von Heyl, and Kelley Walker.

Baker, R.C. "Let's Renegotiate! 'Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture' at the Kitchen: Irony? Sincerity? The venerable Chelsea venue cooks up an uneven mix of paintings on painting." Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2008 (web).
Before there was a modernist canon, populist critics relied on such derisive metaphors as "explosion in a shingle factory" to describe Duchamp's 1912 Nude Descending a Staircase. As late as 1956, Jackson Pollock's graceful pas de deux with the canvas was reduced to the incoherent frenzy implied by Time's nickname for the abstract expressionist: "Jack the Dripper."...

Falconer, Morgan. "Besides, With, Against and Yet: The Kitchen, New York, USA" First published in Issue 129 (you need a subscription to read the full article).
Besides, With, Against and Yet: Abstraction and The Ready-Made Gesture’, the title that curator Debra Singer chose for her survey of contemporary New York-based abstract painters, evokes a lot of the anxiety that has troubled painting over the past 40 years – an attitude of ‘I can’t go on, I’ll…

Jacqueline Humphries, 2010 show at Modern Art. Stuart Shave/Modern Art.

1 comment:

  1. That is exactly how I do research! But I paste my stuff into a huge word document. When I'm done researching, I move similar sections of text together into bunches. After that I go in and write my paper around it, pulling out quotes and summarizing information, adding thoughts etc.
    Yes I did paint all the paintings on Olivia's site. Hopefully there will be more in the week to come. I really stressed about the landscapes for her because I am not a painter - wanna know the secret?? Whispers: They are paint-by-number. Woohoo! So tacky. You can totally see the numbers up close. They photograph well though. :)
    If I tried to paint a landscape it'd end up as a stick tree in a green field. bleh.