Fair and Loathing: A Study in Contrasts

Fair and Loathing: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times 
Fair and Loathing: Coincidences, Trends and a Coupla WTFs
Fair and Loathing: Big Paintings
Fair and Loathing: Art? Not Art?
Fair and Loathing: Small and Mid-Size Paintings
Fair and Loathing: Mid-Century Abstraction 

Simon Hantai painting at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, with Brancusi sculpture; ABMB

Do not adjust your screen. The color is fine. It's just that today's post consists largely of work in black and white. I mentioned in the opener that I'd seen a lot of this combination. Black and white makes a wowser of a presentation, particularly when all the galleries around you are bathed in color or screaming with reflective surfaces. The wonder is that so many galleries in so many venues opted for the achromatic palette. The work, however, is diverse.  

One other thing that's not diverse about this post is the gender of the artists. It's mostly men. I love the work, but the skew is shameful. Don't blame the reporter. 

James Nares, also at Paul Kasmin Gallery; ABMB

Chrtistopher Wool (from 1988) at Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York City; ABMB
Detail below

Walead Beshty at Regen Projects, Los Angeles; ABMB

Al Held (from 1976) at John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco; ABMB
View below fore scale

Installation view of Daniel Steegmann Mangrane at Esther Schipper, Berlin; ABMB
Closer view of work below

Jack Whitten (from 1997) at Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp; ABMB
Detail below

Troika at Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; ABMB
Detail below

Brent Wadden at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York City
Detail below

Samantha Bittman at Andrew Rafacz, Untitled

Teresa Lanceta (from 1999) at Galerie Espacio Minimo; Untitled

Alejandro Guzman/Leah Dixon at Arts + Leisure, New York City; Untitled

Installation view above with another individual work below

McArthur Binion at Kavi Gupta, Chicago; at ABMB

Julian Stanczak (from 190-91) at Mitchell-Innes + Nash, New York City; ABMB

Ricardo Paniagua at DIA Galeria, Mexico City; Pulse
Closer view below

Nathaniel Axel at Karma Karma, New York City; NADA
Closer view below

James Minden at Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York City; Miami Project
Detail below of incised surface 

Gabriel Orozco at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York City; ABMB
Detail below: graphite on plaster on linen on wood

Barbara Takenaga at DC Moore, New York City; at Miami Project
Individual painting below

Reed Danziger at McKenzie Fine Art; at Pulse
Closer view below

Ted Larsen at Robichon Gallery, Denver; Miami Project

A black and white wall at Barbara Methes Gallery, with from left: Dadamaino. Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni
Closer view of Manzoni below

Johannes Domenig at Galerie Frey; Pulse
Detail below

Anish Kapoor at Gladstone Gallery, New York City; ABMB
(What you can't tell from the picture is that the concave piece was set into the wall so the perception of depth and dimension was disorienting in the best possible way)

Michelle Stuart at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York City; ABMB

Stuart's solo installation was one of my favorites at ABMB and, indeed, in all the fairs. The work, graphite or earth on/in paper, is largely from the Seventies. Many of the works were made from clays and earths gathered at specific locations

The slight orange cast is a reflection in the graphite of the work you glimpse two images above
Detail of surface below

Next and final post: Structure and Material

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Sue Marrazzo said...

NOW...I want to paint....YOU really inspired me!

Carol Diehl said...

Thank you! Beautiful!