Cathy Nan Quinlan & Kurt Hoffman

Cathy Nan Quinlan, Simple Still Life, 2011 (courtesy of the artist and Valentine
Cathy Nan Quinlan, Simple Still Life, 2011 (courtesy of the artist and Valentine Gallery)

James Panero blogs about an exhibition of works by Cathy Nan Quinlan and Kurt Hoffman at Valentine Gallery, New York, on view through June 24, 2012.

Panero notes: "Ms. Quinlan starts with Giorgio Morandi's iconic etchings and recasts them in oil, painting her own hatch-marks. The work has an intimate, cool feel, with unexpected colors in place of Morandi's black and white... [Hoffman's] landscapes might border on chinoiserie, but the spare beauty of 'Japanese Maple' (2010) rises above pastiche with its simple beauty."