New York

Jaime Franco

Yoshii Gallery

Abstractionists working in a painterly, post-Minimalist manner—an approach that combines a pared-down, abstract vocabulary with either expressive brushwork or Pop art’s theatricality—can be divided into two groups: those who are demonstrating abstraction’s continuing vitality and those who are simply nostalgic for its high-toned rhetoric.

Jaime Franco—a young abstract artist who lives and works in Colombia—is neither reverent nor cynical with respect to achievements of postwar painting. He contributes to abstraction’s renewal without proclaiming himself as either its savior or its liquidator.

Franco’s paintings simultaneously develop and subvert the grid in a kind of painterly give-and-take whereby linear assertions are obscured with stumbling or layering and then augmented by further elaborations. One senses that Franco wants his grids to go beyond historical precedents, to function as more

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