Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .
After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.
For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.
Distinguished American painter, printmaker and sculptor Donald Sultan has been at the forefront of contemporary art since the 1970s. He is best known for challenging conventions of materiality and technique, transforming Western traditions of painting into a truly contemporary venture.Read More
Sultan says his work, often categorised as still-life painting, is first and foremost abstract. His instantly recognisable silhouettes of fruit, flowers and lemons, among other objects, set against black, large-scale backgrounds assert the power of form. He incorporates geometric and organic shapes into his work and places equal emphasis on both negative and positive spaces, enabling an element of ampleness to translate to viewers.
Juxtaposing traditional approaches to painting with unique materials, Sultan uses industrial plaster, tar, Spackle and enamel as part of his painting process. Creating layers on Masonite instead of canvas, he cuts and strips away sections, outlining and embossing his chosen shapes and forms before painting over them. Sultan describes his work as 'heavy structure, holding fragile meaning' and it hovers between industry and nature.
Donald Sultan was born in 1951 in Asheville, North Carolina. He received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. His work is included in the permanent collection of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. A monograph of Sultan’s thirty-year career Donald Sultan: The Theater of the Object (Vendome Press) was published in 2008. In 2010 Sultan was honored with the North Carolina award, the highest award a State can bestow on a civilian.
Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
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