New York

Peter Young

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
June 24–September 10, 2007

Curated by David Deutsch and Alanna Heiss

In 1969, Peter Young was a New York painter with a Whitney Annual and a Guggenheim Theodoran Award to his credit. But he took off for Costa Rica, blowing off his opening at Leo Castelli, and he later moved to Arizona, where he still lives. What goes around, however, has come around. Young participated in “High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975,” the traveling survey of overlooked post-Minimal abstraction organized by Independent Curators International, which closed last month at New York’s National Academy Museum, and P.S. 1 now presents this retrospective of some twenty-five works made between 1963 and 1980. Accompanied by a catalogue with new essays by Heiss and Klaus Kertess, and a reprinted 1971 Artforum cover article by Ellen H. Johnson, the show felicitously returns Young’s visual vocabulary (mandalas, Rorschach-esque blots, allover fields of hot, postpointillist dots) to New York.