Thursday, March 3, 2016

Contemporary Art: I`ll Meet You There @ Galerie Richard, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - New York City is a global magnet for people, capital and art. No wonder than international galeries want to be present here. Galerie Richard, an ambitioous French art dealer, is one of them. They chose New York`s trendy Lower East Side (121 Orchard Street galerierichard ).

I have seen already a row of interesting shows there. Now they display abstracts by the British painter William Bradley. The exhibition is called "I`ll Meet You There" (through March 31, 2016 artist). The press release explains:

"William Bradley, 31 years old, is taking on his heroes of American Abstract Expressionism by challenging their use of automation and spontaneity.  His work begins with small abstract gestural watercolors. They are precisely composed and each has a specific range of colors. The artist begins by scanning them, and manipulates the colors by saturating and contrasting them. These resolved designs are then meticulously repainted in oil on canvas. His work can be described as "abstract art about abstract art" with an underlying concept that explores the communicative disconnect between artist and viewer that is specific to the pure abstract language. Bradley constructs a language of references or quotes from mostly Abstract Expressionists including Motherwell, Still, Gottlieb, De Kooning, while maintaining his own distinctive approach. He deliberately destroys the usual preconceived connection between the visual language and the processes involved."

I display here my favorites from the show, a very subjective selection as usual. On top of the post you can see "There is a Field" (2016, 84 x 120 in, 214 x 305 cm oil on canvas) followed by "Fast Forward" (2015, 79 x 55 in, 200 x 140 cm oil on canvas); "Something Surprising" (2016, 79 x 55 in, 200 x 140 cm oil on canvas) & "Mine" (2015, 71 x 59 inches, 180 x 150 cm, oil on canvas).

Above "Candy" (2015, 79 x 69 inches, 200 x 175 cm, oil on canvas); "A Deeper Meaning" (2015, 79 x 69 inches, 200 x 175 cm, oil on canvas) & "Pastures New" (2015, 75 x 106 in, 190 x 270 cm, oil on canvas).


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