James Kalm visits the exhibition of new paintings by Ron Gorchov at Cheim & Read, New York, on view through April 28, 2012.
Kalm notes "in the late sixties that Gorchov devised his unique painting support, often referred to as a 'saddle shape.' The use of this convex surface was a refutation of Clement Greenberg's dogmatic idea that the picture plane must be flat, and rectangular. Along with his 'saddle shape' canvases Gorchov has developed a 'stack' format, a series of curved planes overlaying each other, that he paints sophisticated color studies on. This exhibition presents recent examples of Gorchov's works that display his innovative comingling of painting and sculpture and the mastery of his means."