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Gregory Amenoff

Hirschl & Adler Modern

Gregory Amenoff has been exhibiting regularly since the mid ’70s. He is considered to be in the forefront of the ranks of abstract artists who address the mythic qualities of landscape while aligning themselves with early Modernists such as Arthur Dove and Charles Burchfield. Although his work has received a big boost by being seen in this context, such a reading leads to tepid generalizations and easy assertions. Critics and curators alike have tended to emphasize the artist’s use of organic shapes and earth colors, as if he is content with revising the accomplishments of the visionary landscape tradition. This shallow analysis pegs Amenoff as an academic artist who is dependent on a well-defined, a priori discourse.

By continually pointing to the visionary landscape tradition, these critics have overlooked the scope of Amenoff’s ambition. In contrast to many artists of his generation,

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