Making New Sense of Abstraction

Bettina Blohm, Phoenicia, 2011, oil on linen, 68 x 84 inches (courtesy of the ar
Bettina Blohm, Phoenicia, 2011, oil on linen, 68 x 84 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Jonathan Goodman reviews an exhibition of paintings by Lisa Abbott-Canfield and Bettina Blohm at the Amelia A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, on view through March 15, 2012.

Goodman writes: "Painting is far from being moribund in New York, despite the elegies of critics and academic writers; its place as the dominant medium in the field can be challenged, but not its ongoing practice. Abbott-Canfield and Blohm look to the tradition in the hopes of furthering its presentation; their work, whether melancholy or upbeat, posits a continuing tradition... They speak to both a newer generation of painters and a more current audience in time."