New York

Lydia Dona

Tom Cuglianai Gallery

Until recently, Lydia Dona was a restless, painterly archeologist, who moved thought fully but swiftly from one site of Modernist abstraction to another. From 1985 to ’86, she investigated a spatiality that had its contemporary origins in the work of Roberto Matta and Yves Tanguy. In 1987, she began investigating the possibilities of allover composition, and her patterned space took as its departure point the early work of Larry Poons. Dona has changed her work, but this recent change––it is more of a breakthrough––is the most significant one she has made to date. She plays the viscosity of oil paint against the liquidity of acrylic and enamel, foreground against background, densely textured sections of color against sparsely painted areas, layers of paint against a dryly rendered, schematized space. Out of these insistent dialectics, Dona is able to articulate a shifting, destabilized

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