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Monday, December 8th, 2008

Julie Langsam at Frederieke Taylor


Julie Langsam, Mendelsohn Landscape (Einstein Tower), 2008. Oil on panel, 23 x 23 inches, Courtesy of Frederieke Taylor

Julie Langsam, Mendelsohn Landscape (Einstein Tower), 2008. Oil on panel, 23 x 23 inches, Courtesy of Frederieke Taylor

on view in her solo exhibition at Frederieke Taylor, 535 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th avenues, until January 10.  Opened last week, Reception on Thursday.

Julie Langsam is interested in the failure of modernism, and in how the painter can keep going after the end of that history. She shows seemingly timeless sublime backgrounds behind such icons of modernist architecture as le Corbusier’s Ronchamp chapel, Saarinen’s TWA Terminal, or Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower. Beneath her modernist architecture she adds long horizontal color grids derived from Ad Reinhardt’s painting.

This was an artcritical CAPSULE in December 2009.


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