Laura Owens: Art in Free Fall

Laura Owens, Untitled, 66 x 66 inches, 2004 (courtesy of Laura Owens, Collection of Nina Moore)
Laura Owens, Untitled, 66 x 66 inches, 2004 (courtesy of Laura Owens, Collection of Nina Moore)

David Salle writes about the work of Laura Owens on the occasion of a recent mid-career retrospective of Laura Owens' work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Salle writes: "Owens’s paintings are squarely in the middle of a postmodern aesthetic that’s been gaining momentum for the last ten or fifteen years. It is not the world of Luc Tuymans via Gerhard Richter, in which the painting’s photographic source is like a radioactive isotope that you could never touch but that, in its absence, is what really matters. The new attitude is not much interested in photography at all. It wants to rough an image up, put it through a digital sieve, and decorate the hell out of it."