There has been a lot of talk as of late about the receding importance of brick and mortar gallery spaces and a perceived dearth of quality programming at those that still exist. I did not see a lot of evidence of gallery Armageddon as I conducted my monthly review of painting shows.
As always, New York City has a lot to see. On the blue-chip side of the fence, be sure to see Brice Marden's show of graphite drawings at Matthew Marks, and David Zwirner's inaugural exhibition of works by Ad Reinhardt.
September traditionally marks the beginning of the art season, at least as far as commercial galleries are concerned. As collectors and art world professionals return from summer destinations far and wide, you can feel the art world start to shift into high gear.
2011 was a strong year for the ever-resilient medium of painting as artists continued to push the idea of just what a painting can be in terms of materials, scale and subject. I expect that 2012 will be no different.