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artcriticalFebruary 3, 2016

“The Silo curated by Raphael Rubinstein – Gwenn Thomas”

The exhibition inspired by the blog: since 2010, and recently with an arts writers grant from the Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation program, poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein has been compiling “a personal, revisionist “dictionary” of contemporary art that challenges existing exclusionary accounts of art since 1960. Of Gwenn Thomas, for example, he writes: “If the “Awning” series evokes Color Field Painting (as well as the work of Daniel Buren and aspects of Supports/Surfaces), the central dialogue in most of her black-and-white work is with figures from high modernism: Moholy-Nagy, Mondrian, Brancusi, Man Ray. [T]itles… reference Russian Constructivists Lyubov Popova and Varvara Stepanova. Thomas also drew (and continues to draw) inspiration from Anni Albers and Sonia Delaunay. She clearly is committed to dislodging male dominance of the modernist canon. Part homage, part ironic reinvention, Thomas’s 1990s abstractions can be seen as following the 1980s work of Peter Halley, Phillip Taaffe, Sherrie Levine, but their deft shuffling of the material and the immaterial, of the object and its image, orient them toward the future (i.e., now) rather than the past.”

– artcritical

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