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Painting @ Pulse New York

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Jonathan Stevenson blogs about painting on view at the 2014 Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair.

Stevenson reports: "While the trend towards abstract painting observed of NADA was perhaps gently in evidence at Pulse, the work presented by the fifty or so exhibitors there was more varied and less cohesive… there was plenty of abstraction, across a wide range. Eye-catching paintings included Clayton Colvin’s probing multilayered works shown by Beta Pictoris… Diana Copperwhite’s colorful but lugubrious canvases at 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, the acid-distressed oils of Sara Hoppe from Dresden’s M2A gallery, Ethiopian painter Tegene Kunbi’s strangely doleful striations of color at Margaret Thatcher Gallery's booth… But there was also a lot of representational and textual work on display. Freight + Volume… featured a sardonic Katherine Bradford painting referencing Guston and the explorer Ernest Shackleton, Erik Den Brejeen’s witty 1970s-throwback text-portraits, and one of Loren Munk’s vividly replete New York art chronicles. Adah Rose showed Brian Dupont’s text fragments set to aluminum, which evoke the tension and synergy between art and industry…"

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