Saturday, December 5, 2015

Contemporary Art: Tropical Abstracts @ Lehman Maupin, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - It seems it is season for connoisseurs of abstract paintings. On New York`s Lower East Side you can see at least 2 fascinating new shows with abstracts. I already reported about an exhibiton @ Galery Richard on Orchard Street (driveby). I write here about my visit @ gallery Lehman Maupin on 201 Chrystie Street. The art dealer has an exhibtion with new paintings by the Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero (through December 31, 2015 lehmann).

From the press release: "Otero’s paintings begin by reproducing reference images in thick oil paint on a large plate of glass. Once the paint is almost dry, the artist scrapes the “oil skin” from the surface, flaying, draping, and collaging it across a large canvas, resulting in a wholly new composition. In past work, the paint more dramatically creased, pinched, and folded as the artist piled layer upon layer of oil skins on the canvas, further abstracting the image". 

I enjoy the explosive and flamboyant style. Maybe this is the influence from Otero´s tropical homeand. Here you can see my favorites from the show, as usual a very subjective selection.


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