Mono 2000

EVER SINCE RODCHENKO PAINTED Pure Colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue, 1921, artists have been reinventing the monochrome with cyclical predictability. While the form’s radical bloom (at least in its original sense) may have faded, the fact that a triumvirate of British twenty-somethings—Ian Davenport, Jason Martin, and Zebedee Jones—are taking the Modern classic out for another spin suggests that the form has something to say to the current generation. With solo shows in close succession, these painters could even be said to constitute a mini-movement.

A latter-day process artist, Davenport made his entrance in the seminal 1988 show “Freeze” with a series of paintings realized by pouring paint directly onto canvas. Three years later his “made-in-a-minute” Modernist abstractions earned him a Turner Prize nomination. In his current show at Waddington Galleries, Davenport shows monochromes as well

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