Leslie Wayne: Beyond Painterly

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Sharon Butler and Jonathan Stevenson review Leslie Wayne: Free Experience at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, on view through October 21st, 2017.

They write: “… in his lecture series at Harvard in the 1980s, Frank Stella came up with the notion of ‘working space’ – that is, activating the space in front of the canvas by building out from the surface. In her show, ‘Free Experience,’ Wayne has boldly embraced the tension between window and working space, and gone Duchamp one better by conjuring windows out of paint itself. She rolls the paint into pieces that are then fashioned into three-dimensional, often ornately substantive, sills, sashes, and panes. The paint becomes not merely tactile and expressive but also structural; her work is, so to speak, beyond painterly.”

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