Thursday, November 3, 2016

Contemporary Art: Warhol, Wool, Guyton @ Nahmad Contemporary, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - Do you like elegant abstracts? The gallery Nahmad Contemporary on New York`s Upper East Side ( 980 Madison Avenue nahmad) has a fascinating show with paintings by Andy Warhol (1928–87), Christopher Wool (b. 1955) & Wade Guyton (b. 1972) (through January 2017). The selected works have 2 common denominators: Their elegance & the use of moden techniques (explained in the press release exhibitions ).

I display here my favorites from the show, a very subjective selection as usual. The order of the images follow the order they are shown there. On top of this post you can see Andy Warhol`s "Knives" (1981-82, Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen inks on canvas).

Above this paragraph follow "Untitled #(X)" by Wade Guyton (2006, Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen), Christopher Wool`s "Minor Mishap (Black)" (2001, Silkscreen ink on canvas), Wade Guyton`s "Untitled" (2008, Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen) & Andy Warhol`s "Shadow" (1978, Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks).

According to the press release "in the 1990s, Wool began fusing silk-screen techniques with digital technology by photographing forms and marks from his corpus of paintings and digitally altering them using Photoshop, converting them into silk screens and transferring them anew onto canvases. His original painted gestures were manipulated by a succession of processes that left the artist’s presence indecipherable".

The curators add: "Contemporary artist Wade Guyton similarly engages the latest technologies to conjure gestural expression. He digitally creates his compositions using computer programs, whereby images are selected, scanned and manipulated or letters are keyed, duplicated and positioned. The resulting compositions are transferred onto canvas using the artist’s signature Epson inkjet printer. Physically intervening in the mechanics of the printer’s operation, Guyton forces and drags the material through the machine, inducing glitches, blurs, and smears. Contrary to their computer-aided production, the works, such as the flame paintings, are redolent with human expression in their embrace of the errors inherent to the printing mechanism—misaligned registers, fissured edges, drips of ink, and faded discoloration."

Above Christopher Wool`s "Untitled" (2001, Silkscreen ink on canvas) followed by "Untitled " by Wade Guyton (2006, Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen) & Andy Warhol`s "Shadow Red)" (1978, Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks).

Above "Untitled " by Wade Guyton (2008, Epson Ultrachrome inkjet on linen) & Christopher Wool`s "Double Blue Nose (P422)" (2003, Silkscreen ink on canvas.


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