Stanley Lewis @ Betty Cuningham Gallery

Stanley Lewis, Boat on the Beach, Late Chautauqua, 2013, oil on canvas, 37 1/4 x
Stanley Lewis, Boat on the Beach, Late Chautauqua, 2013, oil on canvas, 37 1/4 x 47 3/4 inches (courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery)

David Carbone reviews an exhibition of paintings by Stanley Lewis at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, on view through October 25, 2014.

Carbone writes that Lewis’s works "carry a real one-two punch. Here are deliberately banal subjects — backyards, suburban scenes, calendar views of Lake Chautauqua — transformed by a brilliant but tortured way of realizing a painterly image that can yield work of rare satisfaction and ambition. The fascination he arouses comes partially from an almost irreconcilable tension between working directly from observation, with exacting attention to small forms, and a very contemporary, almost sculptural painting process that builds a work with obsessively dense materiality... we are invited to move back and forth from the world depicted to the traces of his process. Ultimately, Lewis’s sucker punch is to shift our attention from quotidian views to his inner experience of looking and making, to the meditative adventure of what painting can be."