The Identity of Space

 

Adam Bartos, Cairo, Egypt (Sultan Hassan Mosque), 1980, Pigment print, 31 5/8 x 42 1/4 inches

Adam Bartos, Cairo, Egypt (Sultan Hassan Mosque), 1980, Pigment print, 31 5/8 x 42 1/4 inches

Adam Bartos

March 1-May 5, 2012

Gitterman Gallery

170 East 75th Street

New York, New York

Adam Bartos’s solo exhibition at Gitterman Gallery revolves around the emanating mystery of exotic spaces. Samuel Bourne’s photographs of India and Robert MacPherson’s images of Rome, both produced in the 1860s, are prime inspirations for Bartos’s painterly compositions. His first body of work dating from the 1980s depicts popular 19th century “exotic” locations, including Egypt, Africa, and Mexico.

Adam Bartos, Martin's Marine, Bay Shore, NY, 2010, Color carbon print, 11 1/4 x 16 inches

Adam Bartos, Martin's Marine, Bay Shore, NY, 2010, Color carbon print, 11 1/4 x 16 inches

The second thread of work from the later 2000s documents mysterious tackle shops and abandoned coastlines on Long Island. Bartos employs a four-color carbon transfer process, summoning the incredible detail of the wet-plate processes manipulated by his predecessors. In his emphasis on texture and light, Bartos infuses charisma into these ostensibly neutral and trite scenes.

 

 

Al Held, installation shot from Loretta Howard Gallery

Al Held, installation shot from Loretta Howard Gallery

Al Held: Black and White 1967

March 1-April 14, 2012

Loretta Howard Gallery 

525-531 West 26th Street

New York, New York

After experimenting with brightly colored geometric abstraction spurred by the aggressive flatness of the Abstract Expressionists, Al Held had reached a roadblock. In 1967, he followed a tangental path that would “pry flatness open” by morphing enigmatic lines to produce space. He challenged the surface rather than simply coating it.

Al Held, installation from Loretta Howard Gallery

Al Held, installation from Loretta Howard Gallery

Robert Storr has written a concise and informative catalogue essay expanding upon Held’s transformation. The exhibition presents these early experiments that would fuel his nearly forty year dedication to dimensions beyond the flat canvas.

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About Lynn Maliszewski, Contributor-at-Large

Lynn Maliszewski is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She curated and composed work for ArtWrit, BOMB Magazine, HAHA Magazine, Hyperallergic, LatinLover, Modern Painters, No.3, Whitehot Magazine, and Whitewall. She is currently the Contributor-at-Large for ON-VERGE, an arts journalism blog sponsored by CUE Art Foundation, until 2013. She hosts her own blog, Contemporaneous Extension, as a compendium of aesthetic interests, archived exhibitions and artists, and uncensored inferences. She has contributed editorially to the College Art Association, the Bushwick Film Festival, Like the Spice Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
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