Contributed by Julia Bland / The eleven canvases in Firelei Báez’s current exhibition “Americananana” at James Cohan Gallery continue her decades-long practice of painting directly on found maps and printed materials. By activating the surface with historical references, Báez calls into focus the dual nature of the painted gesture as both action and erasure. While considering what relevant details have now vanished behind an outstretched arm or pale yellow swath, one might also wonder whether any canvas is ever truly blank.
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In the NY Times, Carol Kino profiles Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes, who currently has a show at James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea. “Beatriz Milhazes clearly considers herself a geometric abstractionist, those are hardly the first words that spring to mind when regarding her work. Squares often come laced with lines […]
“NATALIE FRANK: Where She Stops,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through Oct. 13. Martha Schwendener reports: “The real friction here comes from seeing a painter in her 20s exhibiting works in Chelsea that look like work you would see in traditionalist strongholds on 57th Street. The implication is that […]