Hearne Pardee is an artist and writer based in New York and California, where he teaches at the University of California, Davis.
WAYNE THIEBAUD with Hearne Pardee
At age 98, Thiebaud still paints and plays tennis daily; spanning more than 50 years and a range of themes, his works reflect his commitment to the material and tradition of painting. His selections from the museum's collection exhibit the wide range of his enthusiasms, leavened with wit and intelligence.
Julian Charrière with Hearne Pardee
To investigate the worlds formation and future, Julian Charrière explores landscapes through the lens of geological history and discovers poetry in material processes that connect us to the natural world. In his vision, science verges on the uncanny, a mystical fusion of light and materials. His installation at SFMOMA, Erratic, combines landscapes from the Arctic, Antarctica, and his native Switzerland in projects that span the past decade.
STANLEY WHITNEY Other Colors I ForgetBy Hearne Pardee
Breaking boundaries is basic to our notion of creativity.
Kanak, LArt est une ParoleBy Hearne Pardee
Kanak, lArt est une Parole, which has been on view in the museums Jardin Gallery since October, extends a long-standing dialogue with New Caledoniaa French island territory with a rich Melanesian heritage, where the drama of colonialism is still unfolding.
RACKSTRAW DOWNESBy Hearne Pardee
In Metaphors on Vision, filmmaker Stan Brakhage records a 1963 visit to poet Charles Olson in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the hometown that Olson mined geographically and poetically for the final decades of his life.
WAYNE THIEBAUDBy Hearne Pardee
I recently visited with Wayne Thiebaud as he prepared to travel to New York for his current exhibition at Aquavella Galleries; our conversation turned to public projects, and he asked if I knew of his 1957 mural on the headquarters of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) building.
Letter from ParisBy Hearne Pardee
A poster in the Paris Métro this summer features a recreation of Delacroix’s famous Liberty Leading the People, only in place of Delacroix’s statuesque woman, the World Wildlife Fund’s giant panda carries the French flag.
KATHERINE BRADFORD Fear of WavesBy Hearne Pardee
Enticing us with liquid surfaces of turquoise and pink, Bradford casts an ironic eye on conventional beach scenes, as water threatens to overflow and submerge us.
HÉLIO OITICICA To Organize DeliriumBy Hearne Pardee
Inspired by Nietzsche and Malevich in his precocious development as a geometric abstractionist, Hélio Oiticica also absorbed some of his entomologist father’s scientific precision.
Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916—1920: Morandi, Sironi and CarraBy Hearne Pardee
A general mood of melancholy isolation prevails. Dynamic exuberance is replaced by methodical composition, as though fastidious fabrication could generate visions.
Klea McKenna: Rainbow BruiseBy Hearne Pardee
In reaction to what she calls our soft-apocalypse, Klea McKenna brings fresh urgency to her techniques of camera-less photography, greatly expanding its range in twenty-two analog prints and twenty NFTs. Her exhibition title, Rainbow Bruise, aptly conveys the photographs sensory fusion of bodily and optical experience, achieved with her process of embossing fabrics and other source materials onto photographic fiber paper.
Arlene Shechet: Couple ofBy Hearne Pardee
Arlene Shechet expands and deepens both her embodied, intuitive making of objects and her masterful organization of installations in architect Steven Holls T Space.
Victor Burgin: PhotopathBy Hearne Pardee
The appeal of Photopaths conceptual layering lies in this reality effect in what Burgin later called the condition of pure virtuality.
CLINT JUKKALA Cosmic TriggerBy Hearne Pardee
Clint Jukkalas new paintings call to mind René Magrittes False Mirror (1928): a close-up look into an eye that opens out into clouds and sky. Jukkalas circular shapes, outlined in bright colors, also become both eyes and windows, and pose similar perceptual conundrums.
Letter from SINGAPOREBy Hearne Pardee
A fantasy city on the far side of the world, Singapore combines modern planning with intimations of tropical escape. It acknowledges our jaded taste for luxury while arousing utopian dreams.
Dona Nelson: Stretchers Strung Out On SpaceBy Hearne Pardee
At a time when paintings are projected on walls or traded as digital tokens, Dona Nelson continues to engage viewers in close interaction with paintings materials: fabric, liquid, and wooden supports.
Juan Uslé: Horizontal LightBy Hearne Pardee
These are process paintings with existential weight: the five large paintings and related smaller works shown here are grounded in lifes basics, with modulations in the density and spacing of their stacked arrays of repeated brushstrokes, made with a pulsing motion that is derived from the artists own heartbeat.
ALEX KATZBy Hearne Pardee
The recent re-installation of paintings at the new Whitney Museum provides a natural context for Alex Katzs show of thirteen large landscape paintings at Gavin Browns Enterprise, and inspires reflection on the combination of European modernism with indigenous tendencies ranging from regionalism to the sublime in American landscape painting.
LOIE HOLLOWELL: Point of EntryBy Hearne Pardee
In her impressive debut exhibition at Pace Gallery’s recently opened space in Palo Alto, Loie Hollowell compresses powerful, evocative images into highly crafted objects.
WAYNE THIEBAUD Memory MountainsBy Hearne Pardee
Wayne Thiebauds Memory Mountains, a survey of 48 paintings and drawings going back to 1962, calls to mind an old song, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, partly because the mountains confectionary colors and stratified pigments recall those of the artists well known paintings of cakes and pies, but also because the cartoonish imagery of many of the paintings evoke, like the song, a fantastic never-never landan ironic take on the American sublime.
STUART SHILS because i have no interest in these questions...By Hearne Pardee
After years as a landscape painter, Stuart Shils has assembled a wide-ranging show at Steven Harvey, integrating painting, photography, and sculpture, often in the same piece.
Jack Whitten: Transitional Space, A Drawing SurveyBy Hearne Pardee
Deeply involved with materials, Whitten is well known for having devised novel tools to make massive paintings. Here, he shows himself equally at home on a modest scale and with a range of new mediums.
Erik Olson: Through the StatesBy Hearne Pardee
The 20 hand-colored etchings of Erik Olsons Through the States, an online exhibition hosted by Luis de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, document a motorcycle trip, but as the virtual gallery interweaves text and images, they assume the guise of an animated scrapbook or graphic novel.
Joshua Marsh: Seven CascadesBy Hearne Pardee
The 12 modest paintings on view at Mother Gallery take on the ambitious challenge of Asian landscape painting. They are accompanied by five small but richly worked graphite drawings that hark back to Marshs 2016 residency at a garden north of Tokyo, where he experienced an autonomous realm of design based in nature.
PETER CAMPUSBy Hearne Pardee
As video ergo sum, a new retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, tracks Campus’s investigation of the self from early interactive installations into recent “videographs” of landscapes, key mid-career works are concurrently featured in circa 1987 at Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York.
Joan BrownBy Hearne Pardee
Brown doesnt pursue social satire. Rather she envisions her social mission as education through public art.
BILL JENSEN TransgressionsBy Hearne Pardee
Willem de Kooning once dismissively described the Oriental idea of beauty as it isnt here. De Kooning preferred objects in relation to man, with no souls of their own.
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As I Went Walking
While her earlier paintings consisted mainly of close-up renderings of man-made surfaces, her concern here is with measurement.
SUSANNA COFFEY ElementalBy Hearne Pardee
The sort of self-examination Susanna Coffey has practiced over the past three decades is far from the passive self-absorption often criticized in contemporary media.
Water Lilies: American Abstract Painting and the Last MonetBy Hearne Pardee
Restored after they were damaged in World War II, these works, once condemned as monotonous and without structure, suddenly found an audience of young American abstract painters taken by their radiant, horizonless cycles of sunrise and sunset attuned to the expansive mood of postwar America.
ELENA SISTO AfternoonsBy Hearne Pardee
In the late 1980s, Elena Sisto made a series of paintings of empty picture frames, directing attention to the conventional moldings and materials that normally surround an image.
California Landscapes: Richard Diebenkorn / Wayne ThiebaudBy Hearne Pardee
In iconic works from the Bay Area Figurative Movement, Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud defined a California vernacular in the early 1960s—Diebenkorn with suburban views of figures at windows and Thiebaud with arrays of desserts.
Rona Pondick: Works 2013 – 2018By Hearne Pardee
Using a combination of casting, 3D printing, and hand modeling, Pondick has refined her methods of fabrication in pigmented resin and cast acrylic, which she combines in constantly changing relationships.
Gabriel Orozco: Diario de PlantasBy Hearne Pardee
Orozco attends not so much to botanical morphology as to the effects of touch, to how colors drip and seep through the porous papers, heightening our attention to these everyday effects, and to the bright red chop marks that punctuate the stains and tangles.
MERIDEL RUBENSTEIN The Volcano CycleBy Hearne Pardee
Poet Charles Olson advised his colleagues to think in terms of millennia, setting their local coordinates of place and history in the proper perspective. Photographer Meridel Rubenstein goes one better with her embrace of geological deep time embedded in Indonesian volcanoes. Part of a larger project, Eden Turned on its Side, the imposing digital photo works from The Volcano Cycle at Brian Gross unite science, religion, and art.
Lois DoddBy Hearne Pardee
Inaugurating Alexandre Gallerys new space on the Lower East Side, this exhibition of twenty-seven paintings spans the imposing length and breadth of Lois Dodds career.
Louise Fishman: An Hour is a SeaBy Hearne Pardee
Originally intended for Frieze New York, the works went online due to current events, but one cant escape the sense that the digital format, while denying us the materiality so vital in Fishmans work, enhances our experience in other ways, enlarging the paintings scope as if to compensate for their physical absence.
peter campus: meditationsBy Hearne Pardee
At Cristin Tierney, two of peter campuss darkly introspective Polaroid portraits from the 1970s, installed in the office, remind us of the brooding romanticism of his early black-and-white landscape photographs. In an interview, campus calls landscape a face inside out, emphasizing his emotional projection into the scenes he records.
MATISSE/DIEBENKORNBy Hearne Pardee
Just as Matisse once commented that he was fascinated by window views because they allowed distant things to share the space of objects in his studio, the relationship between these two artists rests on surprising connections across space and time.
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Me, Myself and I (A Group Show)
Like an athlete bent on extreme challenges, Spencer Finch tests the limits of visibility. Here, in works on paper from the past ten years, he applies his observational powers to the colors of the Pacific Ocean or California darkness.
Letter From New York: Marcin Muchalski and David RhodesBy Hearne Pardee
The pairing of the works in the online galleryMuchalski with 23 photographs and Rhodes with six paintings and four works on paperbrings out a common luminosity, like a recollection of lived experience, as the refined tones of Muchalskis black-and-white photos coax echoes of tonality from Rhodess closely spaced bands of black.
JAMES HYDE: GroundBy Hearne Pardee
Perceptual psychologists have long dismissed the notion that our brain records images like a camera; seeing is an interactive process of grazing, in a visual field that extends around us on all sides, rather than a series of flat images projected to a single point. Yet photographic images retain special authority as records of visual experience. In his current exhibition, James Hyde undertakes to dislodge this persistent prejudice.
Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and DrawingsBy Hearne Pardee
Visitors seeking comfort in paintings of desserts will find old favorites like Pies, Pies, Pies (1961), but the larger body of Thiebauds works challenges us with levels of visual invention and expressive depth that link the visionary potential of comics to his disciplined investigation of the image and its material field.
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Just as Impressionists brought viewers into contact with the reception of light in the eye, Susan Wides immerses them in the more active process of focus.
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Pastel Scatter (1972)
A distillation of pure color and dramatic light effects, Wayne Thiebaud’s Pastel Scatter (1972) seems to be a spontaneous gesture, yet it’s evident that it is rendered in the methodical technique Thiebaud developed in his 1960s paintings of pies and ice cream cones.