Painting

Review: Ten Year Anniversary Show @ Joshua Liner, NYC

January 19, 2018

This month, Joshua Liner Gallery in New York celebrates their ten year anniversary at their ground floor Chelsea location. In honor of their decade-long contribution to the New York art scene, the gallery debuts a dynamic group show featuring twenty one artists that have shaped the gallery over the past ten years and made it the space it is today. Check out our opening night coverage below and be sure to see the show in person before it closes on January 27th.

A compelling showcase of painting and sculpture, the exhibition pays homage to some gallery favorites as well as some newer faces. With a strong emphasis on painting and process-heavy work, the show is an exemplary display of the heavy hitters in the contemporary scene. According to the gallery, “the artists of the past decade have brought extreme realism, surreal expression, abstraction, landscapes and still-lifes into the space. Tony Curanaj’s extreme realism paintings, remind us of the importance of honoring the tradition of painting itself, with each work painted from real life scenes from his studio. Tiffany Bozic and Alfred Steiner, also skillfully create work that combines painted elements from our world, to create new surreal compositions: Bozic focusing on the natural world, while Steiner draws our attention to contemporary culture. Riusuke Fukahori’s footprint with the gallery has established him as a fine artist, whose perfected technique of 3D paintings of goldfish have made him one of the gallery’s most sought after artists. He will have two new small works for this exhibition. This year we were thrilled to be able to show the work of Matt Hansel, whose subjects and compositions draw our attention to art history as a whole, and how we bring our own knowledge to the canvas, as he combine traditional Flemish imagery with digital manipulations and pop elements.”

In addition to painting, notable sculpture artists like David Ellis and Libby Black bring their best to the exhibition. Crowd favorite Kris Kuksi submits a relatively small version of his altarpiece, assemblage pieces. Hand crafted from thousands of smaller elements, he presents “A Neo-Minoan Landscape built with found objects, put together through painstaking process of deconstruction and reconstruction.” Re-defining contemporary sculpture over the past decade, these artists have anchored Joshua Liner’s programming and will continue to do so in 2018. —Text and photos by Jessica Ross

Participating artists include: Aaron Johnson, Alfred Steiner, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Dixon, David Ellis, Evan Hecox, Geoff McFetridge, Hilary Pecis, Johnny Abrahams, Kris Kuksi, Libby Black, Matt Hansel, Parra, Pema Rinzin, Riusuke Fukahori, Robert Larson, Sam Friedman, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Tiffany Bozic, Tony Curanaj, and Wayne White. 10 Years is on view through January 27th, 2018.