Byron Kim's Painting Ritual

Byron Kim, Sunday Painting 4/20/10, 2010, acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel, 14 x 14 inches (courtesy of James Cohan Gallery)
Byron Kim, Sunday Painting 4/20/10, 2010, acrylic and pen on canvas mounted on panel, 14 x 14 inches (courtesy of James Cohan Gallery)

Sharon Butler reviews Byron Kim: Sunday Paintings at James Cohan Gallery, New York, on view through February 17, 2018.

Butler writes: "What makes [Kim's paintings] unremarkable are their size and the undramatic skies they depict – not the complex, sublime sky paintings made by, say, great Dutch painters like Aelbert Cuyp and Jacob van Ruisdael. Instead, they are simple renderings with a limited palette of blue and white, and a bit of light grey for the odd cloudy day. Rather than offering an expansive view or capturing the subtle color ranges in cloud forms, these paintings convey a dainty sense of claustrophobia and ennui but no real sense of joy or wonder. It is as if the monotonous ritual of making a painting a week were more important to Kim than the painted image itself."