Bernard Frize, ‘Rigo’, 2004, Micheline Szwajcer

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