Helmut Federle @ Peter Blum

Helmut Federle, Sektion des Zorns, 2013, vegetable oil, acrylic on canvas, 19 5/
Helmut Federle, Sektion des Zorns, 2013, vegetable oil, acrylic on canvas, 19 5/8 × 15 3/4 inches (courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery)

Noah Dillon reviews the exhibition Helmut Federle: The Ferner Paintings at Peter Blum Gallery, New York, on view through January 11, 2014.

Dillon writes that "some notion of spirituality has long been part of Federle’s work. If this collection represents the artist’s spirituality, it is of a hoary Protestant type, leaning as much on the inviting, meditative theology of Christ in the Ferner paintings as on the Old Testament’s threats of vengeful wrath in “Sektion.” Federle’s work is full of such dualities. The Ferner paintings move when seen in succession, their circles dilating or constricting, active. But their surfaces and images are so completely entwined—image and object indistinguishable—as to appear singularly still, monolithic, eternal."