Art: The Expressive Edge of Paper

Various Artists

 

The Anita Shapolsky Gallery in New York City is presenting a multifaceted group of abstract paper works by 27 artists the gallery has exhibited over the

years.

 

Paper experimentation shows the dichotomy between planning aspects in art and free form automatic drawing. These works show great technical skill which brings the artists visions to life. The works gives incredible insights into their diverse approaches and the timelessness of their art.

 

The molten iron paintings by Michael Dominick, for example, result in gestural strokes and splashes, which create beautiful and unpredictable marks that not only scorch the surface but also burn down into the depths of the layered paper.

 

The abstract photographs of Aaron Siskind evoke wonder at his ingenuity. Antoni Tàpies's prints are a good introduction to his ideas for earthly paintings. Richards Ruben's oil pastel paintings of Venetian walls on Kochi paper are ethereal. Agustin Fernandez's exquisite prints done in Paris by Lacouriere et Frelaut evoke sensuality using mechanical parts (i.e.screws, pipes, etc.).

 

Artists include: Mario Bencomo, Robert Blackburn, Seymour Boardman, Ilya Bolotowsky, Ernest Briggs, Lawrence Calcagno, Pérez Celis, Nassos Daphnis, Beauford Delaney, Michael Dominick, Herman Cherry, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Claire Falkenstein, Agustín Fernández, Grace Hartigan, John Hultberg, Elaine Kurtz, Joel Le Bow, William Manning, Henri Michaux, Richards Ruben, Ann Ryan, William Saroyan, Kendall Shaw, Aaron Siskind, Antoni Tàpies, and Petra Valentova.

 

Claire Falkenstein, Mandala #1, 1980, sugar lift etching, 35 x 23 in

 

Henri Michaux, Untitled, 1973, acrylic on paper, 22 x 14 3/4 in

 

Beauford Delaney, Untitled (Ibiza), 1956, gouache and watercolor on paper, 17 7/8 x 11 13/16 in

 

Mario Bencomo, Torquemada series - Inquisition Hoods, 2001, acrylic on paper, 11x14 in

 

Richards Ruben, Pink a boob, 1988, Mixed media on kochi paper, 30 x 42 in

 

Ilya Bolotowsky, Untitled, 1970's lithograph, 37 1/2  x 27 1/2 in

 

Aaron Siskind, Lima 89, 1975, photograph, 24 x 20 in

 

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