Jo Ann Rothschild & David Fratkin

David Fratkin, Greyhound Bus: Hypnagogia 1, 2014, acrylic, 55 x 45 inches (court
David Fratkin, Greyhound Bus: Hypnagogia 1, 2014, acrylic, 55 x 45 inches (courtesy of The Painting Center)

John Goodrich reviews Jo Ann Rothschild: An Important Day and David Fratkin: Apparitions on a Greyhound Bus at The Painting Center, New York, on view through October 25, 2014.

Goodrich writes that Fratkin's forms "glide about with considerable self-possession. Produced through an elaborate combination of painting and block-printing techniques, they exude a svelte intricacy. Organic grids of pale blues float before patterns of pinkish-ochre; elegant blue- and green-grays shift above purples. In places, inner paint layers have crackled, as if weathered by time. All these effects seem sealed — encapsulated, if you like — beneath lustrous, smooth surfaces... Jo Ann Rothschild’s abstract paintings revel in their passions. Her 12 canvases ... exude an unabashedly lyrical expressionism. Strokes of paint range from even brushings to thin scribbles, scrapings, and thick trowellings... Everywhere one senses the urge to find a color to anchor this area or a particular mark to locate that sequence."