On the Paintings of John Havens Thornton

John Havens Thornton, Standing Tree (courtesy of the artist)
John Havens Thornton, Standing Tree (courtesy of the artist)

Jeffrey Grunthaner writes about John Havens Thornton: A Survey of Paintings Spanning 50 years, 1964-2014 at Amstel Gallery New York inside The Yard, Flatiron. The show, curated by Laetitia Lina and Gregory de la Haba is on view through May 30, 2016.

Grunthaner writes: "Thornton's paintings, however reductive, are not minimalist... Thornton paints "transcendence" in two senses: as what is non-subjective, and as the limits of intellection—the unknown that becomes known while still remaining unknown. His work has more in common with Forrest Bess and Hilma af Klint than with [classmate] Frank Stella... [Thornton's] brick-like fields of color blur at the edges, as though rippling with some elusive secret."