There has been a lot of positive attention for a couple of recent NYC exhibits by fantastic painters of complex, large scale figurative narrative paintings. I’m thinking especially of Kyle Staver’s exhibit at Steven Harvey and Dana Schutz at Petzel. Both of these painters are great, both of these exhibits deserve all the attention and more. There are a couple of exhibits held outside of New York that also deserve some attention. Now I’m thinking of two exhibits of large scale narrative paintings, also by painters capable of great complexity ( both formal and emotional complexity) who have a longstanding involvement with this sort of painting:
One is Phyllis Bramson’s 30 year retrospective, In Praise of Folly, opens at the Rockford Museum of Art. That’s her painting “What Went Wrong” from 2004 (oil on canvas, 70″ x 50″). Bramson’s retrospective opens today and is on view until January 2016.
The other is Robert Barnes: Grand Allusions at the Indiana University Museum of Art. Grand Allusions opened last month and is on view until December 2015. Barnes’s “Self Portrait with Vanitas” from 2002 is pictured below.
LATE ADDITION: I really should have thrown a link to a current exhibit of work by Judith Linhares into this post. Flora and Fauna is the title of the current exhibit of her work at Sam And Adele Golden Gallery in New Berlin, NY, on view until December 11. Here’s her painting “Tree”, 42″ X 51″, oil on canvas, 1996.