Tag: Adam Simon

Solo Shows

Maureen McQuillan: Beauty in rigor

Contributed by Adam Simon / In the neighborhood of abstract painting, Maureen McQuillan’s backyard – reflected by works on view at McKenzie Fine Art until May 15 – features process-based or system-based painting. Loosely defined, this is painting for which the process of its making is its primary subject and the finished painting is understood as evidence of that process.

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Russell Maltz: Radical thrift

Contributed by Adam Simon / One of Russell Maltz’s singular achievements is to demonstrate how easily utilitarian objects and materials can be transported, Cinderella-like, into the alchemical realm of fine art. This is partly a property of the materials themselves: the symmetry, weightiness, and economy of products meant for construction. “Russell Maltz: Painted/Stacked/Site” on view at Minus Space in Dumbo, through July 30, with an additional nearby storefront installation and a slide show depicting found sites of construction material.

Solo Shows

Adam Henry: Full spectrum

Contributed by Adam Simon / It has been argued that there is no such thing as an abstract painting anymore, only pictures of abstract paintings. What sounds like a slur on abstract painters is simply an acknowledgement that digital technology, social media and the proliferation of images has affected how […]

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Jude Tallichet�s sense of the ineffable

Contributed by Adam Simon / Jude Tallichet�s Fire Escape, one of several sculptures in her exhibition �Heat Map� at Smack Mellon in Dumbo, doesn�t look like something that would help if your building were burning down. It hangs there in all its ineffectuality, abject yet amiable, enormous and out of […]

Gallery shows

David Diao�s challenge to formalism

Contributed by Adam Simon / The space between 0 and 1 is infinite. I thought of this in relation to David Diao�s exhibition, “Studios and Sales,” currently at Postmasters. The show is an inspired pairing of two works, Studios, Updated and Sales. Sales is an arrangement of twenty-five smallish paintings from 1992 that documents […]

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Amanda Church: The contemporary gaze

Contributed by Adam Simon / One of the under-appreciated aspects of art viewing is the way that a given work establishes a certain relationship with a viewer. Mark Rothko famously claimed that �lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures.� He may have been trying to […]

Gallery shows

Assistants: Connected through circumstance

Contributed by Adam Simon / Lineage is not a concept with a lot of currency these days; too close, perhaps, to its more d�class� kissing cousin, tradition. We look to academia and art history to find precursors for artistic innovators. Typically, the presentation and criticism of art tend to focus […]

Ideas & Influences

Ideas and Influences: Adam Simon

Adam Simon could best be described as a conceptual painter. Based in Brooklyn, he has been painting and organizing community projects like Four Walls and the Fine Art Adoption Network for more than 25 years. Lately, though, he’s put community projects aside to work in the studio, where his ironically […]