Painting in the Big Box
More Painting at More Fairs
Big paintings really did make an impact at the fairs, but it's eminently worth noting that there were a lot of strong small paintings and works on paper at the fairs. You saw a few already--Howard Hodgkin, Imi Knoebel, Kenneth Noland and Leslie Wayne at the Big Box; Don Voisine and Alfred Leslie at More Fairs. But in this post I want to focus exclusively on the smaller work during the big week.
After several days of the big picture, small was a welcome change of pace. I appreciated the opportunity to alter my physical relationship to the work--closer, slower, more intimate. The materials and expression are varied, but something many works have in common is the installation in multiple. It's an effective visual format with small works. And it's effective logistically as well. "I shipped my entire booth in boxes via Fed Ex," confided one dealer.
We open with the famous Seven wall, an amalgam of seven galleries' artists. I wouldn't even begin to try to document it, but you can see a few more images on Seven website.