1984, 23 pp., 13 b/w illus., paperback
Essay by Carter Ratcliff
Gathering thirteen influential American artists, this exhibition explored the development of painting and drawing techniques in response to Abstract Expressionism. The show focused on paint handling and methods of mark making in which gesture and painterliness are removed from the immediacy and agitated violence of "action painting". Through repetition and careful construction, gesture and brushstroke are reclaimed for self-reflexivity and quiet deliberation. Writer and art historian Carter Ratcliff traces painterly facture from that most wonderfully wayward of New York School painters, Guston, through the masters of obsessive, nuanced surface, Johns, Marden and Ryman, to the younger Winters and Bleckner. Artists in the exhibition: Jake Berthot, Ross Bleckner, Philip Guston, Ralph Humphrey, Bill Jensen, Jasper Johns, Brice Marden, Susan Rothenberg, Robert Ryman, Julian Schnabel, Joel Shapiro, Cy Twombly, and Terry Winters.