New York

Howard Buchwald

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

For more than a decade, and largely unacknowledged as a pioneer, Howard Buchwald developed a painterly approach that simultaneously examined the Renaissance and Modernist notions of illusionism and literalism. Derived from the discursive paradigms that each of these periods codified in order to look at and discuss art, Buchwald’s examinations arose out of a carefully defined two-step process. In the first, the artist decided upon the paintings shape and then carefully plotted out and made a series of linear cuts, demarcated curving bands that would remain unpainted, and drilled angled holes into the linen surface and wooden backing. These interruptions in the surface underscored the Renaissance belief that a painting was a window to be looked into and through. It was only after these decisions were made that the artist began to paint. Typically, the surface ranged from dense monochromatic

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