Opening Reception: Thursday, April 18, 7 - 9PM
LewAllen Galleries Scottsdale is pleased to present New York Color Field, a group exhibition of four well-known New York School Color Abstractionists: Emily Mason, Ronnie Landfield, Dan Christensen, and Robert Natkin. Each came to prominence during the height of the style’s importance as the successor to Abstract Expressionism, the more kinetic and ego-driven predecessor of this lyrical, color focused direction within the realm of non-representational painting.
With work included in numerous major museums and private collections around the world, each artist is recognized as occupying a significant place in American art history. Each presents a different approach to the use of color as a pictorial means for expressing inner feeling. All four employ color relationships to engender transformational power to extend the boundaries of self into unknown territory. In different but equally wondrous ways, these artists create engaging works of beauty that arrest attention even as they evoke meditative equanimity.
In New York City, Color Field had an acclaimed reception by many critics, most notably, Clement Greenberg who deemed the style “postpainterly” and the exciting new direction after AbEx in nonrepresentational painting. While the New York art world began to grow weary of the excessive process and ego of the Abstract Expressionists, Color Field painters, like the four included in this exhibition, presented a quiet faith in radiant color and their marriage to the canvas. Color Field appropriated the intensity of Abstract Expressionism but refined it with a desire and fluency for a visual vocabulary rooted in purity of color and devoid of the ego-centric modalities of unconstrained gesture. Color Field paintings had the potential for a transcendental expansion of the mind that the Abstract Expressionists intended, but with a more lyrical eye toward meditation and exploration of self.