May 26 – June 20, 2009
Edward Shalala will exhibit documentary photographs in The Painting Center’s Project Room. Shalala makes temporary raw canvas thread paintings in NYC parks and grasslands and photographs the results. Shalala responds to the history of modern and postmodern abstraction that deals with ‘end game’ painting. The lineage begins with: Cezanne’s use of raw canvas (“in-reserve”), Barnett Newman’s painting ‘Name II,’1950, Robert Rauschenberg’s White painting series, 1951, Piero Manzoni’s clay coated works of 1958, and Lucio Fontana’s raw canvas and raw linen paintings with selected slashes of the late 1950’s and 1960’s, followed by the works of: Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), Robert Irwin, Fred Sandback, Eva Hesse, Howardena Pindell, Alan Saret and Sol Lewitt.