new-york

“Synthesis”

John Good Gallery

Between abstract painting’s mid-’70s Minimalist crescendo and the mid ’80s, when proclamations that it had reached a dead end were rampant, abstraction, and painting in general, relinquished its status as the dominant mode of postwar American art. Instead, it became simply one option amidst a range of available artistic possibilities, none of which asserted itself with definitive urgency.

This exhibition of 15 paintings by as many artists, provided a sampling of work by lesser-known abstractionists working today. Almost all of the artists included seemed to be looking over their shoulders, referring to earlier styles and approaches. Of course, this was also the case during the mid ’40s before Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists made their initial breakthroughs. The problem with this exhibition is that few of the artists seemed even to attempt to expand upon these historical

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