Faye Hirsch reviews the recent exhibition Rochelle Feinstein: I Made a Terrible Mistake at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. The show will be on view at the Bronx Museum of the Arts from June 27 - September 22, 2018.
Hirsch begins: "Rochelle Feinstein is tough on painting while remaining a true believer. Work by work, she seeks to reinvent it, honoring the familiar structures of high modernism—the grid, the monochrome, a critique of the frame—by taking them down a peg. Following a cross-Atlantic trajectory of artists, fom Duchamp to Rauschenberg and beyond, who engage the contingencies of daily existence, Feinstein brings to her painting a range of materials and content, no matter how incongruous or low, that amuse and move her. Language plays a centeral role and dark humor is one of her constants, as she forces abstraction to accommodate life’s petty humiliations, fluctuating tastes, and mundane terrors."