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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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2021
BERNARD FRIZE. Logische SchlussfolgerungGalerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
2020
DetoursGow Langsford Gallery
2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton / The Collection: A Vision for PaintingFondation Louis Vuitton
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Vernal, 2014

Acrylic and resin on canvas
86 3/5 × 70 9/10 in
220 × 180 cm
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Medium

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.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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