John Dubrow: Long Looking

John Dubrow, Westbeth View North, 2001—06, oil on linen, 42 x 54 inches (courtes
John Dubrow, Westbeth View North, 2001—06, oil on linen, 42 x 54 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Xico Greenwald reviews the retrospective exhibition A Formal Realist: The Works of John Dubrow at the Demuth Museum, Lancaster, PA, on view through May 19, 2013.

Greenwald writes: "Dubrow’s work amounts to a full-throated argument for the continued vitality of painting today... Westbeth View North, 2001-2005, is also a smashing work. Painted from a studio in The Westbeth, the artists’ housing complex on the far-west side of Manhattan, here the paint is troweled on like cement. The West Side Highway, reduced to a slab of grey, curves into a gorgeous arrangement of red and orange squares that live a double life: they are both light-filled depictions of buildings alongside the highway and a jaunty patchwork of color, completely satisfying as simply heavy, physical, bristly paint."

John Dubrow: Recent Work will be on view at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York from March 21 - April 20, 2013.