In this painting the brushstrokes and the gesture of the painter is well-rendered. The saturation of color varies throughout the painting : there is no control, the paint does what it does showing the nature of the materials. Paintings in the show are simple in appearance yet, as is usual with Mr. Frize’s work, stem from something more intricate, a rule he has devised to have the material and circumstance create the work.
Image rights: Courtesy Galerie Perrotin
About Bernard Frize
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.
French, b. 1949, Saint-Mandé, France, based in Paris & Berlin