Jonathan Lasker

American, b. 1948

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Jonathan Lasker

American, b. 1948

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In his more than 30-year career, Jonathan Lasker continues to discover new territory for abstract painting. The big, bold brushstrokes, lively squiggles, and bright colors in Lasker’s work seem to reveal an exuberant, playful approach to abstraction, but the paintings are anything but spontaneous. Working from small, meticulous studies to create what appear at first glance to be whimsical, offhand doodles, Lasker combines references to painters like Phillip Guston, Robert Ryman and Jackson Pollock with graffiti and cartoon imagery, investigating the various qualities of painting itself. “The problem concerns how much of the picture a viewer can receive and still be aware of the painting as a literal object,” he says. Titles like Margin For Error (2009), The Rules of the Game (2010), and Assertive Absence (1999) suggest that the questions Lasker struggles with on the canvas can also be read as analogies for everyday experience.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
Biography

In his more than 30-year career, Jonathan Lasker continues to discover new territory for abstract painting. The big, bold brushstrokes, lively squiggles, and bright colors in Lasker’s work seem to reveal an exuberant, playful approach to abstraction, but the paintings are anything but spontaneous. Working from small, meticulous studies to create what appear at first glance to be whimsical, offhand doodles, Lasker combines references to painters like Phillip Guston, Robert Ryman and Jackson Pollock with graffiti and cartoon imagery, investigating the various qualities of painting itself. “The problem concerns how much of the picture a viewer can receive and still be aware of the painting as a literal object,” he says. Titles like Margin For Error (2009), The Rules of the Game (2010), and Assertive Absence (1999) suggest that the questions Lasker struggles with on the canvas can also be read as analogies for everyday experience.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 1 more
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