Paul Behnke photo blogs a studio visit with painter Karen Schifano. An exhibition of Schifano's paintings and works on paper, curated by Emily Berger, will be on view at Melville House Gallery, Brooklyn, through September 19, 2014.
Behnke notes that "Schifano's minimal compositions, painted in a vivid palette, reveal sensitive, painterly touches when closely inspected. The work is confident and bold and the power derived from this stance contradicts delicate variations in what at first appears to be a solid color ground. The forthrightness of the work makes the discovery of a line barely visible or a feathered corner or edge that much more gratifying when discovered."