Bernard Frize

French, b. 1949

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Bernard Frize

French, b. 1949

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Referencing Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, and Color Field painting, Bernard Frize focuses on the mechanics of painting while maintaining an experimental approach. He often works in series, following strict rules as to process and palette, and employs assistants in elaborately choreographed acts of painting. In his “Red, Yellow, and Blue” series (2010), Frize remakes Barnett Newman’s “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue” canvases, using wide brushes to apply the colors in a grid pattern. However, because brushstrokes were repeatedly overlapped while the paint was still wet, Frize’s colors are smudged and blended into arrangements that are both orderly and random.

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Centre Pompidou
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MoMA PS1, and 2 more
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Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

Referencing Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, and Color Field painting, Bernard Frize focuses on the mechanics of painting while maintaining an experimental approach. He often works in series, following strict rules as to process and palette, and employs assistants in elaborately choreographed acts of painting. In his “Red, Yellow, and Blue” series (2010), Frize remakes Barnett Newman’s “Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue” canvases, using wide brushes to apply the colors in a grid pattern. However, because brushstrokes were repeatedly overlapped while the paint was still wet, Frize’s colors are smudged and blended into arrangements that are both orderly and random.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more