Scott Portnoy

  • Rudolf de Crignis, Painting #04-36, 2004, oil on canvas, 60 x 60".

    Rudolf De Crignis

    “Throughout the history of modern art, the vocabulary of reductive abstract painting has proven to be a malleable and enduring set of signs, capable— in the hands of its most advanced practitioners—of addressing shifting artistic paradigms and social contexts.”

    Throughout the history of modern art, the vocabulary of reductive abstract painting has proven to be a malleable and enduring set of signs, capable— in the hands of its most advanced practitioners—of addressing shifting artistic paradigms and social contexts. Rudolf de Crignis (1948–2006) configured the monochrome as an innately process-driven endeavor at the levels of conception, construction, and perceptual phenomena, thus synthesizing painterly precedent with the corporeal subjectivity of 1960s “Light and Space” sculptural practices. The paintings, mainly