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Reinventing Abstraction

Author: Raphael Rubenstein

Publisher: Cheim & Reid, 2013

Softcover, 82 pages

List Price: $50.00

 

Raphael Rubenstein's strong interest in painting is manifested though this exhibition catalogue, which "focuses on New York painting in the 1980s as practiced by a generation born between 1939 and 1949."  Rubenstein has selected one prominent work by Carroll Dunham, Louise Fishman, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Jonathan Lasker, Stephen Mueller, Elizabeth Murray, Thomas Nozkowski, David Reed, Joan Snyder, Pat Steir, Gary Stephan, Stanley Whitney, Jack Whitten, and Terry Winters to represent the competing approaches to abstraction that emerged during that decade, from biomorphism to symbolic autobiography, theatrical gestures to recontextualized field painting.   This oversized catalogue includes large color reproductions of each artist's work, as well as black and white portraits of the artists that convey both the mood and mode of the 1980s.

AICA-USA member Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions) and The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (Make Now).  He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston, and is also on the faculty of the Art Criticism and Writing MFA Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.

The exhibition “Reinventing Abstraction” remains on view through August 30.  The catalogue is available through the gallery. 

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