Painting Is Not Doomed To Repeat Itself

September 24 – October 31, 2015

Squeak Carnwath - Love, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Squeak Carnwath (b. 1947)
Love, 2014
Oil and alkyd on canvas over panel, 70 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree
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Michael Armitage - Accident, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Michael Armitage (b. 1984)
Accident, 2015
Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 67 x 87 inches
© Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)
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Squeak Carnwath - Little Girls, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Squeak Carnwath (b. 1947)
Little Girls, 2015
Oil and alkyd on canvas over panel, 30 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: M. Lee Fatherree
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Daniel Douke - Folding Table, 2008 - Hollis Taggart

Daniel Douke (b. 1943)
Folding Table, 2008
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 30 inches
©2015 Philipp Scholz Rittermann
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Daniel Douke - Wanted, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Daniel Douke (b. 1943)
Wanted, 2014
Acrylic on canvas, 38 (H) x 20 (W) x 14 (D) inches
©2015 Philipp Scholz Rittermann
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Julia Fish - Living Rooms : SouthEast - Two, with lights, action, 2003-2005 - Hollis Taggart

Julia Fish (b. 1950)
Living Rooms : SouthEast — Two, with lights, action, 2003–2005
Oil on canvas, 32 1/2 x 32 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery
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Julia Fish - Threshold - Matrix : harbour spectrum : transposed  for E and L, 2014-2015 - Hollis Taggart

Julia Fish (b. 1950)
Threshold — Matrix : harbour  [ spectrum : transposed ] / for E and L, 2014–2015
Transfer chalk and oil on canvas, 30 x 70 inches
Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery
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Brenda Goodman - Brush, 2013 - Hollis Taggart

Brenda Goodman (b. 1943)
Brush, 2013
Oil on wood, 32 x 48 inches
Courtesy of Brenda Goodman and Life on Mars Gallery
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Brenda Goodman - Untitled a1, 2012 - Hollis Taggart

Brenda Goodman (b. 1943)
Untitled a1, 2012
Oil on wood, 72 x 72 inches
Courtesy of Brenda Goodman and Life on Mars Gallery
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Merlin James - Capriccio, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Merlin James (b. 1960)
Capriccio, 2014
Acrylic fabric, wood frame, acrylic paint, 41 x 31 inches
Images courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Merlin James - Red, 2013-14 - Hollis Taggart

Merlin James (b. 1960)
Red, 2013–14
Acrylic on fabric, 17 1/2 x 26 1/2 inches
Images courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Merlin James - Two Trees and Water, 2012-13 - Hollis Taggart

Merlin James (b. 1960)
Two Trees and Water, 2012–13
Oil on canvas, 16 7/8 x 23 1/4 inches
Images courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
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Joshua Marsh - Dust, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Joshua Marsh (b. 1973)
Dust, 2015
Oil on panel, 15 x 18 inches
Courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery, Photo credit: Brilliant Studio
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Joshua Marsh - Thus Gone, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Joshua Marsh (b. 1973)
Thus Gone, 2015
Oil on panel, 22 x 20 inches
Courtesy of Jeff Bailey Gallery, Photo credit: Brilliant Studio
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Catherine Murphy - Moire Chair, 1991 - Hollis Taggart

Catherine Murphy (b. 1946)
Moire Chair, 1991
Oil on canvas, 40 x 46 inches
Courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc., Photo credit: Nicholas Knight
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Catherine Murphy - Red Pages, 2003 - Hollis Taggart

Catherine Murphy (b. 1946)
Red Pages, 2003
Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 inches
Courtesy of Peter Freeman, Inc., Photo credit: Nicholas Knight
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Thomas Nozkowski - Untitled 3-67, 1980 - Hollis Taggart

Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944)
Untitled (3-67), 1980
Oil on canvas board, 16 x 20 inches
Courtesy of Pace Gallery
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Thomas Nozkowski - Untitled 7-95, 1997 - Hollis Taggart

Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944)
Untitled (7-95), 1997
Oil on linen on panel, 16 x 20 inches
Courtesy of Pace Gallery
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Thomas Nozkowski - Untitled 9-48, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Thomas Nozkowski (b. 1944)
Untitled (9-48), 2015
Oil on linen on panel, 22 x 28 inches
Courtesy of Pace Gallery
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Cordy Ryman - 56 Special, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Cordy Ryman (b. 1971)
56 Special, 2015
Acrylic and enamel on wood, 9 (H) x 8 3/4 (W) x 4 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York
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Cordy Ryman - Cream Moon Horizon, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Cordy Ryman (b. 1971)
Cream Moon Horizon, 2014
Encaustic on wood, 4 3/4 (H) x 3 1/2 (W) x 1 1/2 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York
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Cordy Ryman - Cross Facts, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Cordy Ryman (b. 1971)
Cross Facts, 2014
Encaustic on wood, 7 (H) x 6 3/4 (W) x 1 1/2 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York
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Cordy Ryman - Eye of Jupiter, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Cordy Ryman (b. 1971)
Eye of Jupiter, 2014
Encaustic on wood, 6 (H) x 6 (W) x 1 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York
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Cordy Ryman - Recon Figured 13, 2010 - Hollis Taggart

Cordy Ryman (b. 1971)
Recon Figured 13, 2010
Enamel on wood, 14 3/4 (H) x 12 (W) x 1 3/4 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist and Zürcher Gallery, New York
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Philip Taaffe - Double Calligraphic Fountain, 2002 - Hollis Taggart

Philip Taaffe (b. 1955)
Double Calligraphic Fountain, 2002
Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 81 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches
© Philip Taaffe; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
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Philip Taaffe - Ophiuran, Prismatic, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Philip Taaffe (b. 1955)
Ophiuran, Prismatic, 2014
Mixed media on canvas, 76 1/2 x 70 inches
© Philip Taaffe; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York
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Barbara Takenaga - Falling (black tracings), 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Barbara Takenaga
Falling (black tracings), 2014
Acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York
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Barbara Takenaga - Red Geode, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Barbara Takenaga
Red Geode, 2015
Acrylic on wood panel, 24 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York
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Wendy White - Bolle, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Wendy White (b. 1971)
Bollé, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, custom gold mirrored PVC frame, 29 x 21 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist
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Wendy White - Ice, 2013 - Hollis Taggart

Wendy White (b. 1971)
Ice, 2013
Acrylic on canvas, wood and enamel artist's frame, 98 1/2 x 76 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist
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Wendy White - Strolz, 2015 - Hollis Taggart

Wendy White (b. 1971)
Strolz, 2015
Acrylic on canvas, custom gold mirrored PVC frame, 29 x 21 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist
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Jack Whitten - Ode To Jake, 2013 - Hollis Taggart

Jack Whitten (b. 1939)
Ode To Jake, 2013
Acrylic on canvas, 12 (H) x 9 (W) x 1 (D) inches
Courtesy of the artist; Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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Jack Whitten - Space Sifter, 2014 - Hollis Taggart

Jack Whitten (b. 1939)
Space Sifter, 2014
Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist; Alexander Gray Associates, New York; Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
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Press Release

Hollis Taggart Galleries is pleased to inaugurate its new Chelsea location with Painting is Not Doomed to Repeat Itself, an exhibition celebrating the diversity of contemporary American painting. The fourteen artists represented reimagine what it means to be a painter in the twenty-first century by eschewing art-historically referential styles and content in favor of original and often very personal inspiration. These artists investigate the accoutrement of the street, the landscape of the psyche, their own personal and professional history, and even the act of painting itself in works that reflect the diverse and innovative reality of the contemporary scene.

Sounding the death knell of painting became a critical refrain in the second half of the twentieth century. It was first heard after the Sturm und Drang of Abstract Expressionism seemingly flouted centuries of art historical precedent. It resurfaced after many of the successive postmodern movements: the ironic hard edges of pop, the pared-down compositions of Minimalism, the free-for-all expressionism of assemblage and street art, and finally the tongue-in-cheek homages of 1980s appropriation – each caused critics to mourn painting’s demise. Even recent scholarship has suggested that painting today survives through the recycling of past styles. As this exhibition illustrates, however, contemporary painters in fact continue to break new aesthetic ground and are not burdened by the weight of painting’s history.

Squeak Carnwath, Brenda Goodman, Merlin James, Catherine Murphy, and Philip Taaffe are joined by a select group of artists who together represent the fantastically heterogeneous state of painting today. They reside mainly outside of the New York art world, in places as far flung as rural southern California, upstate New York, and the United Kingdom. Their methods are also diverse, spanning a wide range of possibilities afforded by mere paint on canvas. Together their work affirms that no single term – no “-ism” – can contain this contemporary moment, but rather that today’s art world is defined by multidimensional approaches and fresh perspectives.

Painting is Not Doomed to Repeat Itself is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the internationally acclaimed poet and critic John Yau, curator of the exhibition. Some of Yau’s most recent publications include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2008), Exhibits (2010), and the book of poetry Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Yau served as the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail from 2007 to 2011 and currently publishes regularly for the Hyperallergic Weekend edition.