Andrew Forge @ Betty Cuningham

Andrew Forge, Willow, 1999, oil on canvas, 42 x 44 inches (courtesy of Betty Cun
Andrew Forge, Willow, 1999, oil on canvas, 42 x 44 inches (courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Thomas Micchelli reviews works by Andrew Forge on view at Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York through August 14, 2015.

Micchelli writes: "'They take a long time to make.' That’s what the British artist and writer Andrew Forge said when he was 'questioned as to the meaning of his paintings,' ... Such a brass-tacks perspective would seem to make Forge’s pointillist abstractions strange bedfellows with the all-white paintings of the American pragmatist Robert Ryman — both artists approach each new work as tabula rasa, an unpremeditated engagement with the empty surface ... but there is an experiential connection as well. The simplicity of Ryman’s monochromes compel you to examine how the painting is made — the length, direction, thickness and texture of the stroke — and Forge’s labor-intensive, tessellated patterns, painted one dot at a time over months and years ... subliminally draw an equal amount of attention to the hard reality of the painting’s evolution."