Michael David may be the most innovative master of immediate surface since the Abstract Expressionists. He has acknowledged his debt to Abstract Expressionism, but he has transformed it. Where the Abstract Expressionist paintings of the forties and fifties seem like modern cave paintings, as their crude, unfocused, often meandering, turbulent painterliness suggests, David seeks to reinstate prehistory, turning the cave into a temple. His more concentrated, dense and contemplative paintings have the aura of post history. Davidís abstract paintings renew immediacy; they reconstitute and strengthen, even apotheosize it. They raise it to a feverishly fresh intensity with their remarkable touch, indicating they are among the very best painterly abstractions made.
Bill Lowe Gallery is currently presenting
a broad overview of
including principal early and latest works by artistic giant,
Thornton Dial. Having recently concluded an exhibition titled
Hard Truths, his blockbuster show that launched in early 2011 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and later travelled to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Thornton Dial's new generation of work transcends the powerful narratives of his earlier work and universalizes Dialís voice, further cementing his place in art history
world renowned glass
sculpture draws upon cultural intimations from Mesoamerican and Andean peoples of Central and South America, as well as Egyptian, African, and Native American traditions. Remarkably, Morris never replicates or imitates actual artifacts or specific imagery; rather, "his desire is to reach an equivalent aura with the peoples of the past, not to document their specific legacy. It is a spirit, not a visual echo, that Morris seeks, evoking an affinity with the past, not its reproduction," Yood continues.