Family Ties?

Cordy Ryman, Trapped Wave, 2010, acrylic and enamel on wood, 62 x 62.5 x 2 inches

Viewing Cordy Ryman’s solo show at DCKT (up through the 31st) I’m struck by the family resemblance his work has—not to his famous parents, Merrill Wagner and Robert—but to the genetic ties he shares with other painters, sculptors and quilters who have stacked or pieced wood, fabric and paper, or engaged hard-edge abstraction in service to the concentric square.

Take a look:

Frank Stella, Color Maze, 1966, via the Internet

Gee’s Bend quilter, Black Square, via the Internet

Jackie Winsor, Burned and Red Inside Out Piece, via the Internet
Jen Stark, Square, 2007, handcut paper, 12 x 12 x 3 inches, via the Internet

Stephen Westfall, Too Much Love, 2008, oil on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, at Lennon, Weinberg via the Internet

Ben Dowell, Untitled, 2010, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, at the Hogar Collection via the Internet

Richard Anuszkiewicz, Meta-Rouge, 1970, acrylic on canvas, my photo from the exhibition at D. Wigmore Fine Art

Update 10.29.10: Roberta Smith's review in the New York Times touches on the Stella/quilt connection, too.


annell4 said...

There is something so pure and beautiful about the square! It is a format I have been working in for years. Thanks so much for the post.

ken said...

Nice post-- I like all these things, starting with Cordy's!

Hannah said...

You've offered us some luscious comparisons here Joanne. Thanks.

Nancy Natale said...

Wonderful squares - and they make a nice transition to your own work below.