Art Review

Review: A Trio of Abstract Exhibits Show the Power of Natural Selection

Last month, in writing about the now-closed Harmony Hammond show at RedLine, as well as a group show featuring a trio of artists at Michael Warren Contemporary, I noted not only that painting appears to be back as strong as ever, but also that abstract painting in particular is coming on especially strong. In fact, abstraction in all mediums is suddenly seemingly everywhere, nationally and internationally.

This context provides the backdrop for two interconnected solos at the William Havu Gallery that, taken together, make up one of the great presentations on view right now. I'm talking about Homare Ikeda: Revisit, featuring a tremendous selection of the artist's idiosyncratic abstract paintings, and Nancy Lovendahl: Intercessions, which showcases an array of compelling, nature-based abstract sculptures. See also: The Harmony Hammond Refutes Abstraction as Patriarchal

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Michael Paglia is an art historian and writer whose columns have appeared in Westword since 1995; his essays on the visual arts have also been published in national periodicals including Art News, Architecture, Art Ltd., Modernism, Art & Auction and Sculpture Magazine. He taught art history at the University of Colorado Denver.
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