James Brooks "Geometry and Gesture: Selected Works from 1968-1979"

Van Doren Waxter

poster for James Brooks "Geometry and Gesture: Selected Works from 1968-1979"

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"Geometry and Gesture" is an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by the late abstract expressionist James Brooks (1906 -1992). This is the first survey devoted to paintings and works focused on Brooks’ use of the thematic stylistic elements of geometry and gesture. This focused exhibition will feature nine canvases and five works on paper that highlight the transformation that took place in Brooks’ work between 1968 and 1979. Brooks’ large dynamic paintings from the 1970s were often begun on the floor, where he would pour films of very loose paint to create layers of transparent color in the under-painting of each canvas. He would then re-engage the picture plane and build up the surface with distinct mark making. The works on paper from this decade exude a more immediate and lyrical experience heightened by his highly contrasted palette, which is often limited to black and white. Brooks’ acute exploration of the use of the line to create a vigorous tension in the picture plane whether by constructing highly angular compositions or layers of nebulous forms sinking and rising within the pictorial space all punctuated with his impulsive and expressive brushstrokes clearly define Brooks' work from this time period.

[Image: James Brooks "Leen" (1974) acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 in.]



from October 29, 2009 to December 23, 2009


James Brooks

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