With this publication, New York–based painter, printmaker, bookmaker and sculptor Dan Walsh (born 1960) allows the reader to enter his studio and follow his idiosyncratic artistic process. By showing different stages of painting—until the very final one—of a group of 12 recent works (2019–22), he offers a way to understand how a painting is built, how colors and forms merge together, how photography is a precious tool for painterly thinking and how composition and structure are organic processes, even if the result in his case is fundamentally geometrical and grid-based. In his essay, critic and curator Bob Nickas traces the genealogy of such unveiling of the painting process from de Kooning to the present and analyzes in depth Walsh's specific way of making a painting.
Published by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York/Galerie Xippas, Paris. Text by Bob Nickas, Eric de Chassey, Stephen Ellis.
The New York Times' Roberta Smith described Dan Walsh's paintings thus: "The obvious historical precedents of these canvases include Minimal art's grids and stripes, Color Field painting's stained-canvas punch and Josef Albers' chromatic intelligence jazzed toward Op. But Mr. Walsh's fusion of them is surprisingly organic and present. It is grounded in a slightly muted though still vivid palette, a distinctive sense of proportion and a penchant for compositions--especially grids--built from large expanses, little squares, lines and stripes of layered, contrasting colors. Everything is softened by the vagaries of the hand... The result is choral. No element functions independently; each modulates the others. Mr. Walsh paints with a directness similar to Agnes Martin's, but gives himself more to do." Featuring more than 70 color reproductions of paintings and installation views demonstrating Walsh's at once programmatic and playful approach to abstract painting, this first comprehensive overview spans the last 15 years and includes contributions by Stephen Ellis, Eric de Chassey and Bob Nickas.
PUBLISHER Paula Cooper Gallery, New York/Galerie Xippas, Paris
BOOK FORMAT Hardback, 10.25 x 9.25 in. / 112 pgs / 73 color / 1 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/1/2008 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2008 p. 124
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780975392102TRADE List Price: $49.95 CDN $67.50 GBP £44.99