Los Angeles

Stan Kaplan

Mary Goldman Gallery

In vivid coloration, gestural exuberance, and overall scale, Stan Kaplan’s second show of abstract canvases at Mary Goldman Gallery notably ratcheted up the ambitions of his first. This is painterly painting in the “grand manner,” recalling the exertions of the New York School without a trace of irony, or even ambivalence. The various alibis that have enabled returns of this sort over the past twenty years, from Appropriation to Simulationism, have been discarded so that the artist may, once again, face down the tundra of the gessoed surface as if for the first time, contending with this, and only this, space. Or so it would appear. In fact, every generation must reinvent the wheel, but not without accounting for all the wheels already invented.

Kaplan, a 2001 Art Center College of Design MFA graduate, has taken to heart Professor Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe’s formulation of an alternative legacy,

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