For a while back in the '80s and early '90s, it looked like formalism -- essentially non-objective abstraction -- was on the ropes. Then about five years ago, it rose, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of neo-expressionism, on the one hand, and annoyingly personal conceptualism on the other, re-establishing itself as a dominant current in contemporary art. Now many artists, especially young ones, are exploring formalism from every direction and producing a wide range of work -- particularly in painting -- that runs the gamut from new riffs on abstract expressionism to fresh... More >>>