My Highlights from ADAA: The Art Show 2015

Jay Gorney
Feb 25, 2015 12:00AM

All of the works selected are by artists who have interested me for a long time; they tend to be artists who have been undervalued or underrepresented in the canon. 

My Selection:

Mel Bochner, Self / Portrait, 2013, at Peter Freeman, Inc.

Self / Portrait, 2013
Peter Freeman, Inc.

This recent self-portrait by conceptual artist Mel Bochner fuses his rigorous exploration of language with deft, painterly handling. 

Donald Moffett, phthalo white, 2014, at Marianne Boesky Gallery 

Lot 121514 (spore trap 4, future green), 2014
Marianne Boesky Gallery

Although Moffett’s extruded oil paintings utilize traditional materials, their untraditional handling reinforces the artist’s interest in identity politics.
Jan Groover, Untitled, 1978, at Janet Borden, Inc.

Jan Groover’s innovative chromogenic color print  from the late 1970s turns simple everyday objects into an elegant abstract composition.

Tony Smith, Untitled, 1962, at Valerie Carberry Gallery

This elegant, reductive 1962 painting reflects Smith’s extraordinary compositional skill. The translation of his sculptural vision into two dimensions is compelling.

Al Held, UNTITLED, 1954, at Cheim & Read

Cheim & Read

An undervalued artist, Al Held is becoming increasingly appreciated. This beautifully painted expressionist work from 1954 presages his rigorous geometric practice.

Ray JohnsonF. Clemente (Frank Stella’s Ass), ca. 1983-1985, at Richard L. Feigen & Co.

Ray Johnson’s collages conflate wordplay, visual complexity, and his own vocabulary to create  enduring and idiosyncratic works of art. F. Clemente (Frank Stella’s Ass) is a wonderful, and very funny, example.

Christina Ramberg, Untitled, ca. 1970, at David Nolan Gallery

Untitled, ca. 1970
David Nolan Gallery

This small gem of a drawing by Chicago imagist Christina Ramberg includes the fetishistic motifs that make her work fascinating and increasingly sought after. The bound high heel provides a memorable image.

Peter Hujar, Self-Portrait, 1975, at Fraenkel Gallery

This haunting self-portrait contributes to our consideration of Hujar as an important photographer and  chronicler of his place and time.

John Graham, Study for Marya, ca. 1943, at Allan Stone Projects

Study for Marya, ca. 1943
Allan Stone Projects

“Study for Marya” is a wonderful example of Graham’s reinterpreted classical portraits of women. His  influence on artists such as Gorky and de Kooning is clearly felt here.

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Jay Gorney