Exhibition Walkthrough: Forrest Bess, with David Reed
David Reed is one of today’s most renowned abstract painters. In 1971 Reed settled in New York where he studied painting at the New York Studio School and familiarised himself with the great tradition of Abstract Expressionism on the one hand, and the minimalist and post-minimalist movements on the other. His work was soon to be inspired by film and new media as well as his ongoing interest in light and colour phenomena of earlier periods. Challenging the eye of the beholder, Reed’s dynamic constellations never cease to open up new pictorial spaces: the energetic and singular gesture brushstroke of former works progressively condenses into structures of lines, waves or loops that often seem like edits from some other context, called into offer counterpoint in new visual arrangement.
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