A FRESH LOOK
Paul Reed and Tom Green
March 9 - May 7, 2016
Opening Reception on Friday, March 11, 2016 5:00 to 8:00 PM

A FRESH LOOK

David Richard Gallery presents rarely-seen work by two important painters who were part of the influential Washington DC art scene that emerged in the 1960s.  Paul Reed was one of the founders of the Washington Color School, along with artists like Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, whose work had a major impact on abstract painting after the 50s.  Experimental shapes and color combinations are the hallmarks of Reed’s work.

Tom Green, a fellow Washingtonian, was greatly influenced by the older Reed and this is evident in his approach to color.  Yet there is a playfulness in his work reminiscent of Joan Miro’s Constellation series.

David Eichholtz, co-director, notes:  “Although both Reed and Green are in the pantheon of post-60s abstraction, there is a real freshness to the work and true relevance to artists continuing the journey of abstract painting.’

David Richard Gallery is delighted to present “A Fresh Look”, two solo exhibitions featuring later-career work by Paul Reed and Tom Green. The exhibition for Reed presents works on paper from the late 1980s through the early 90’s — diptychs, triptychs and quadriptychs — where Reed explored visual perception using mirror images of lyrical shapes and color harmonies. Green’s exhibition is a selection of paintings on canvas and paper that were created between 2006 through 2010 and represent his last major body of work prior to his death. The presentations will be on exhibition from March 11 – April 23, 2016 with an opening reception on Friday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The gallery’s new location is at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone 505-983-9555 in the midtown neighborhood art and design district.

 

About the Artists:

Tom Green

Tom Green, who taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for 40 years, was influenced by the Washington Color School, which emphasized abstract, geometric paintings in bright colors.

He is perhaps best known for his large paintings of colorful “glyphs” — big, curving, figures that resemble letters from a mysterious alphabet. In 1988, former Washington Post art critic Paul Richard described an enigmatic Green painting as “like a comic strip for Martians,” but with understanding “just around the corner . . . one train of thought away.”

As he himself once wrote: “I know enough about the formal qualities of art: form, color, composition. I know it when I see it. It’s similar to music when your ears tell you something is right; you don’t need someone to explain it. It’s content that I often don’t fully understand, but I’m not preoccupied with content because the audience carries so much perceptual baggage. I like to make my art ambiguous to keep things open to interpretation. The best response to a painting is to get into it as a child would—not trying to interpret it but reacting to it at an emotional level.”

Born in 1942, Green received his BFA and MFA from the University of Maryland.  His first solo exhibition was in 1968, which began an illustrious exhibition career that lasted until his death in 2012.  His work can be found in the Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, among numerous other public collections.

 

Paul Reed

Paul Reed, born in Washington DC in 1919, was one of the founding members – along with Gene Davis, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Howard Mehring and Tom Downing - of the Washington Color School and a major proponent of Color Field Painting.

The focus of his long career was based on color and the interplay with surface and light. Reed created luminous paintings— stretched, not stretched, square, rectangular and dynamically shaped, on canvas, muslin and paper—that explored transparency through a range of subject matter spanning mandalas, biomorphic shapes, discs and geometric abstractions.

Reed graduated from San Diego State College and the Corcoran School of Art where he taught from 1962 to 1971.  The Washington Color School burst on the scene with an exhibition in 1965 at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art.  He was featured the following year in the Des Moines Art Center exhibition Op Art.  Public collections include the Detroit Institute of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of Art , Phoenix Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Wadsworth Athenaeum. 

Paul Reed continued an active exhibition career until his passing in 2015.

New Day Tom Green
New Day
Acrylic on canvas
2009
77 x 101.5 inches
 
Quake Tom Green
Quake
Acrylic on board
2009
15 x 18 inches
 
New Cosmology Tom Green
New Cosmology
Acrylic on canvas
2006
65.5 x 77.5 inches
 
No Doubt Tom Green
No Doubt
Acrylic on board
2009
15 x 18 inches
 
Thought Scene Tom Green
Thought Scene
Acrylic on board
2009
15 x 18 inches
 
The Other Side Tom Green
The Other Side
Acrylic on board
2009
15 x 18 inches
 
Summertime Tom Green
Summertime
Acrylic on board
2010
15 x 18 inches
 
Swung Tom Green
Swung
Acrylic on board
2008
15 x 18 inches
 
Snag Tom Green
Snag
Acrylic on board
2009
15 x 18 inches
 
Late Spring Tom Green
Late Spring
Acrylic on board
2010
15 x 18 inches
 
101988 Paul Reed
101988 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1988
23 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
 
71589 Paul Reed
71589 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1989
18 x 23 1/2 inches
 
11286 Paul Reed
11286 (Diptych)
Collage and ink on paper
1988
21 1/2 x 18 inches
 
9688 Paul Reed
9688 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1988
16 x 11 inches
 
8491 (A_B Diptych) Paul Reed
8491 (A,B Diptych)
Gouache on paper
1991
30 x 44 inches
 
9891 (A_B_C_D Quadtych) Paul Reed
9891 (A,B,C,D Quadtych)
Gouache on paper
1991
30 x 44 inches
 
Float Paul Reed
Float
Acrylic on canvas
1962
33 x 32 inches
 
111791 (A_B Diptych) Paul Reed
111791 (A,B Diptych)
Gouache on paper
1991
15 x 44 inches
 
Algenib _2 Paul Reed
Algenib #2
Acrylic on canvas
1996
24 x 23 inches
 
111486 Paul Reed
111486
Ink on paper
1986
12 x 19 inches
 
107862 Paul Reed
107862 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1986
9 x 24 inches
 
72187 Paul Reed
72187 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1987
12 x 15 inches
 
11590 Paul Reed
11590 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1990
11 x 14 inches
 
53187 Paul Reed
53187 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1987
7 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
 
102186 Paul Reed
102186 (Diptych)
Ink on paper
1986
9 x 24 inches
 
GMC-L2 Paul Reed
GMC-L2
Acrylic on muslin
2005
40 x 27 inches
 
101190 (Single) Paul Reed
101190 (Single)
Gouache on paper
1990
22 x 30 inches
 
Helix Paul Reed
Helix
Acrylic on canvas
1964
25 x 25 inches
 

David Richard Gallery, LLC
211 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035 | p (212) 882-1705
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment

1570 Pacheco Street, A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | p (505) 983-9555 | f (505) 983-1284
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday, or by appointment


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