Martha Diamond: Awesome Pursuit of Variety

Martha Diamond, Untitled, 2002, oil on panel, 12 x 10 inches (courtesy of Alexan
Martha Diamond, Untitled, 2002, oil on panel, 12 x 10 inches (courtesy of Alexandre Gallery)

David Carrier reviews the recent exhibition Martha Diamond: Recent Paintings at Alexandre Gallery, New York.

Carrier writes: "Diamond’s happily awesome pursuit of visual variety never slips into cliché, her show is more than the sum of its parts, which is to say your pleasure in each of these painterly pictures involves awareness that many otherwise different looking paintings are at hand. In that way, the effect is the exact opposite of looking at works in series by Frank Stella, when multiple repetitions of one basic visual conception can be deadening."