Nineteen of Rainer’s paintings are currently on view
at Mana Contemporary
, through the Ayn Foundation, as part of a series of year-long solo exhibitions. Of particular interest are the artist’s seminal “overpaintings,” a technique he has been developing since the mid-1950s. As a young artist, Rainer was fascinated by the
; later, his work was compared to
. However, neither of these schools of thought could contain Rainer’s aggressive and ever-changing practice. A two-time art school dropout and a truly avant-garde painter, Rainer experimented with working while in various altered states through the ’60s and began to heavily incorporate film through the ’70s.