Elizabeth Neel is one of the most accomplished of a group of young American painters who are revitalizing abstraction in contemporary terms. She indulges a curiosity to explore what is under the skin and filters it through art history, Hollywood, artifice, and natural science. From broken bodies to polluted landscapes, she blurs the line between form and content—the paint both describing and becoming its subject. The directness of her handling of paint and her insightful navigation of the medium’s history give her work immediacy and gravity, while suggesting the unwieldy, even violent entanglement of the contemporary self with the collective record.
The title of the exhibition derived from an idiomatic expression meaning to be forthright or to acknowledge in a way that allows no doubt. This particular idiom ostensibly deals with honesty, but the words from which it is comprised allude to anxiety about the unpleasant. It embodies a paradox that drives Neel in her painting process.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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