Abstract painting in NYC: two group shows open tonight

Late Liberties, John Connelly Presents
625 West 27th Street, 212-337-9563; July 12 – August 24, 2007
Late Liberties is organized by artist and curator Augusto Arbizo in collaboration with John Connelly. �Much maligned and critiqued – and often used as strategy for conceptually based work – abstraction has been largely banished to the sidelines by an art world enthralled by photography, installation, animation and romantic figuration.” Works include soft and hardedge paintings, gestural and `expressionistic’ abstractions, as well as shaped and chromatically engaged `painted’ sculpture. Artists: Augusto Arbizo, Tauba Auerbach, Jeff Elrod, Kim Fisher, Dana Frankfort, Daniel Hesidence, Alex Kwartler, Carrie Moyer, Elizabeth Neel, Raha Raissnia, Wendy White, Michael Zahn
Read more at ArtCal.

Heralds of Creative Anachronism, D’Amelio Terras
525 West 22nd Street, 212-352-9460; July 12 – August 10, 2007
�Can the recent resurgence of abstraction be simply attributed to a reaction against an overload of romantic figuration or is there a renewed need for a universal language of this genre? The exhibition is a light-hearted attempt to create a movement, even a temporary one, for the duration of this exhibition.� Artists: Joe Bradley, Daniel Hesidence, Chris Martin, Roger White Read more at ArtCal.

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