New York

David True

Peter Blum Gallery

David True first gained widespread attention in the late ’70s, when his paintings were included in the Whitney Museum’s “New Image Painting” exhibition (1978), along with work by Nicholas Africano, Jennifer Bartlett, Denise Green, Michael Hurson, Neil Jenney, Lois Lane, Robert Moskowitz, Susan Rothenberg, and Joe Zucker. While the others either placed an emblematic image within an abstract field or incorporated nontraditional materials such as Rhoplex and cotton balls into their compositions, True used oil paint to explore the relationship between image and a layered space. Since then, his repeated investigations of spatiality, along with the resulting changes in his approach, continue to distinguish him from his peers. Rather than reprising aspects of Modernism as codified by formalism (an emphasis on flatness, literalness, and the use of new materials), True explores ways to introduce

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