James Barron Art is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled Paper. Our exhibition examines historical, visual, and coincidental relationships between artists, focusing exclusively on works on paper. We also continue our exploration of the dissolving divisions between trained and untrained artists. As these distinctions become somewhat antiquated, it's intriguing to see visual similarities and differences, and to consider what role artistic training plays in the creation of a work of art. Visual pairings include Joe Bradley / Willem de Kooning, Sol LeWitt / Lee Lozano, Phillip Guston / Carroll Dunham, Tom Wesselmann / Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn / Leopold Strobl and Bill Anthony / Janet Sobel.
"Nothing comes closer to the artist's hand and soul than a work on paper," says James Barron.
"Our exhibition offers intriguing references between artists of various periods, whether trained or untrained."
Some of our visual comparisons are coincidental, such as a geometric study for Lee Lozano's Pot Baller series and Sol LeWitt 's intricately drawn Yellow Circles. Works by Philip Guston and Carroll Dunham relate in remarkable ways, exploring the boundaries of human figuration and biomorphic abstraction. A de Kooning drawing of two floating figures perhaps served as inspiration for Joe Bradley's drawing, bridging generations. Tom Wesselmann's and Wayne Thiebaud's quotidian tableaux create a intriguing dialogue with one another.
Together, these works grant insight into the artists' creative processes.