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Brett Baker

Brett Baker

Posted: February 25, 2011 02:40 PM

If, when the eye is impressed with visionary images that last for a while, we look on colored surfaces, an intermixture also takes place; the spectrum is determined to a new colour... --Goethe, Theory of Colours

In New York, in February 2011, the diverse possibilities of painting are alive and filling the galleries and museums.

Wandering through Chelsea this past month one could see up and coming figure painters (Vera Iliatova) and abstract painters (Chuck Smith), re-discovered minimalist painters (Don Dudley), representatives of BMPT (Olivier Mosset) and the Jeune École de Paris (Martin Barré), as well as two abstract painters reborn as expressionist landscape painters (Jake Berthot) (Larry Poons). Uptown Gandy Brodie and Bob Thompson continue a conversation in paint begun in 1958.

Today's art stars are painters.

Picasso is back at MoMA.

Cézanne's Card Players are at the Met.

Rembrandt's having a show at the Frick.

The wide range of painting on exhibit this month is striking. It's a medium freed from end game constraints. Emerging artists continue to find painting engaging and well suited to new expression. Painting's old masters still amaze and instruct us. Painting, long declared dead, is more vibrant and varied than ever.

These are just a few of the shows on view this month in Manhattan (I didn't even mention Brooklyn). Please add other significant painting exhibitions you've seen recently (in the U.S. or abroad...) in the comments below.

Vera Iliatova at Monya Rowe Gallery
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Vera Iliatova
"First Days," 2010, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches at Monya Rowe Gallery

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