Feb 13–Mar 16
On these dates, enjoy reduced admission ($19 adults; $14 seniors and students) and see Fast Forward and Human Interest. Two floors are closed as we prepare for the 2017 Biennial.
R. H. Quaytman’s paintings to date, which are organized into chapters, can be seen as an ongoing archive in which each new painting or series is informed by what came before it. A single image or event acts as a starting point for each chapter. For example, Distracting Distance, Chapter 16, which was specifically conceived for the Biennial, references the Whitney’s building and history. The central motif is the Marcel Breuer–designed window in this space, which appears in Quaytman’s restaging of the Museum’s Edward Hopper painting A Woman in the Sun (1961). The artist K8 Hardy stands in for the woman in the sun. Silkscreened optical patterning attunes viewers to the physical act of perception, while trompe l’oeil depictions of the panel’s edges remind the viewer that the paintings are physical objects rather than simply images. In the artist’s words, “I seek to maintain and simultaneously disrupt painting’s absolute presence.” Quaytman allows these contradictory attitudes toward painting to emerge and reverberate across this carefully installed exhibition space.
--_T Magazine/The New York Times_ (February 2010)
"R.H. Quaytman; Chapter 12: iamb":http://www.brooklynrail.org/2009/02/artseen/r-h-quaytman-chapter-12-iamb
--_Brooklyn Rail_ (February 2009)
"Review: R.H. Quaytman":http://www.frieze.com/shows/review/rh_quaytman
--_Frieze_ (January 2009)
"Art in Review; R.H. Quaytman":http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/arts/design/23gall.html?pagewanted=2&sq=r.h.%20quaytman&st=cse&scp=1
--_The New York Times_ (January 2009)
"Chapter 12: iamb":http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/30825/r-h-quaytman/
--_Modern Painters_ (April 2009)
"Picks: Rebecca Quaytman":http://artforum.com/archive/id=1171
--_Artforum_ (June 2001; note: registration required)