The Power of Small Paintings

Many WAAM artists produce small paintings for a variety of reasons and we have a Small Works show every month in the Founders Gallery.

The following article is by Peter Malone courtesy Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/106704/the-power-of-three-small-paintings/

Walker Buckner, “Full Sky IV” (2012), oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in (image courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art)

Walker Buckner, “Full Sky IV” (2012), oil on canvas, 16 x 16 in (image courtesy Lori Bookstein Fine Art)

“While touring a few of the many small exhibition spaces scattered throughout the city, I was pleasantly reminded that painting requires neither heroic-sized canvases nor the prestige of whitewashed airplane hangars to succeed as significant art. Very small pictures, if painted by gifted artists and installed in an adequate version of what Dave Hickey once dubbed a “clean, well-lighted place,” can produce exhibitions just as ambitious and adventurous as larger-scale projects. This notion, admittedly a modest thing, came to me one afternoon as I found myself given over to three small paintings in three fairly small galleries that each delivered rewards beyond their size. Made by a trio of painters — Lois Dodd, Walker Buckner, and Suzanna Coffey — these canvases address significant issues related to their respective genres while averaging little more than a square foot apiece.”

Lois Dodd, “Pink Scabiosa, Back View” (2013), oil on panel, 20 x 18.25 in (image courtesy Alexandre Gallery)

Lois Dodd, “Pink Scabiosa, Back View” (2013), oil on panel, 20 x 18.25 in (image courtesy Alexandre Gallery)

Susanna Coffey, “Sharon’s Potion’s Breath” (2011), oil on panel, 15 x 12 in (image courtesy Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects)

Susanna Coffey, “Sharon’s Potion’s Breath” (2011), oil on panel, 15 x 12 in (image courtesy Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects)

Click link above for the rest of this interesting perspective whcih concludes:

“Painting is an arm’s-length medium, and that human distance still offers an infinite range of possibilities. With so many artists today working in studios not much larger than the average Chelsea gallery vestibule, it’s possible to miss a great deal of what’s happening by touring only the large, cavernous showplaces.”.

WAAM has a good number of powerful small works at affordable prices currently on display in both the Main and the Small Works Galleries. Do visit. You will be delighted!

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