CLARE GRILL Touch’d Lustre

Zieher Smith Horton | March 26 – April 25, 2015

“The only true impulse is realism. Arty art screws you in the end; always be on guard against it!”

—Philip Guston

Clare Grill, “Grain” (2015). Oil on linen, 54 × 46 ̋. Courtesy of the artist and Zieher Smith Horton. Photo: Mark Woods.

It might seem counter-intuitive to begin a review of an abstract painting show by discussing realism. Especially now, when abstract painting is everywhere, from the Museum of Modern Art’s contentious survey The Forever Now, to artist-run spaces in Brooklyn, and the white cube galleries of the Lower East Side. All this robust activity begs the question: How is painted abstraction serving us? As we are increasingly displaced from others and our immediate environment, life itself is degraded into abstraction. What is lost as our daily experience becomes less bodily lived and more viewed as an image?

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