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“Grids: A Selection of Paintings by Lynne Golob Gelfman” at PAMM

“Lines pink 5,” 2007, Lynne Gelfman Acrylic on panel. 48 x 48 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, gift of Lisa Austin and Jim Hofford.
(© Lynne Golob Gelfman. Photo: Oriol Tarridas)

Perez Art Museum Miami will be presenting the works of  Miami-based artist Lynne Golob Gelfman in its upcoming exhibition “Grids: A Selection of Paintings by Lynne Golob Gelfman.” The exhibition, opening on September 15, 2018, explores the artist's works in relation to the Modernist tradition of the grid.

In “Grids,” the artist exhibits her diverse series that reveal her interest in late-modernist explorations of this rectilinear form. Through her references to non-western aesthetics and both the urban and natural environment of Miami, she reveals her defense to the formal rules and cool abstraction of late-modernist explorations.

The exhibition focuses on paintings produced by the artist in the last two decades, though examples of her early works, dating from 1968 and well as those from 1972, when she moved to Miami from New York are also presented. It includes work from the collection of PAMM, as well as paintings from five different series.

Gelfman's ‘oil and sand’ series references the curling, linear metalwork used in many working-class neighborhoods in Miami to secure windows and gates. The artist also investigated  indigenous textile and basket weaving techniques during her times at Colombia, which is evident in her series ‘lines.’ Here, the museum writes, “invisible horizontal markings interact with applications of dripping paint that move vertically down the surface, creating a patterning that recalls the irregular grids of textiles.” The series  ”thru” also recollects weaving patterns, through its use of repeating triangle and square forms.

“Gelfman’s early training involved exposure to late-modernist abstraction’s emphasis on non-representational forms, with value placed on painting self-consciously evidencing its own materiality as a two-dimensional, flat, rectilinear form. References to grids served as one extreme example of these interests, as seen in the work of early modernists such as Piet Mondrian or Kazimir Malevich, or later in the 1960s paintings of Agnes Martin or Sol Lewitt,” the museum writes.

Gelfman has had more than 40 solo shows to date. Her works are part the permanent collections at museums like Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Norton Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts.

Gelfman’s grids have continually been contaminated, breaking with the formal rules of Modernism, through the “artist’s everyday contexts to the diverse cultures and environments, to the shifting light, patterns and rhythms, to which they habitually respond.”

The exhibition will be on view from September 15, 2018, through April 21, 2019, at Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132, USA.

For details visit: www.pamm.org

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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