Bansie Vasvani reviews an exhibition of works by Etel Adnan at Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, on view through May 23, 2014.
Vasvani writes: "For Adnan, place is paramount to her work. The unspeakable beauty of the Bay Area, and specifically the city of Sausalito where she lives, is captured in her block-like compositions. Two vibrant, untitled oil paintings from 2012 express the urban topography and light of the landscape through her exuberant application of pigments. Adnan stresses shapes and planar masses that often appear as painterly gestures and non-rectilinear structures. Through her eloquently minimalist configurations and inventive technique, Adnan fortifies her place as a master of abstraction."