Three NYC Painting Shows

Ellen Berkenblit, Nite Vibe, 2015, oil, charcoal and mono print on linen, 86 x 7
Ellen Berkenblit, Nite Vibe, 2015, oil, charcoal and mono print on linen, 86 x 76 inches (courtesy of Tracy Williams Ltd)

John Yau reviews three New York shows: Painting Forward at Thomas Erben (through April 2), Real States at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects (through March 13), and Subliminal Shifts at Tracy Williams (through March 6).

Although focusing his review on many of the younger and mid-career painters in the exhibition, including Clare Grill, Sangram Majumdar, Ellen Berkenblit, and Samantha Bittman, Yau notes that "Joan Brown and Charles Garabedian are the presiding spirits of the show Painting Forward at Thomas Erben. They could also be described as the presiding spirits of today’s art scene. By that I mean they did something more than go their own way; each developed a pictorial language that was unmistakably her or his own, and, more importantly, was simultaneously accessible and mysterious — a complete world that never gave itself entirely away."