Small Painting

June 28, 2019 - Aug. 17, 2019

South Gallery

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Magalie Guérin, Untitled (bondage-Ptown), 2017-19, oil on canvas, 14 x 11 inches

David Byrd, Man From Behind, 1997, oil on canvas, 14 x 12 inches

Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1987, enamel on aluminum, 12 x 12 inches

Tal R, Pjerrot, 2019, oil on canvas, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Ryosuke Kumakura, handkerchief, 2016, oil on linen, 8 x 10 x 1 inches

Melissa Brown, Bayou Baoding
2019, flashe, acrylic, oil on aluminum panel, 12 x 12 inches

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#06-18), 2018, Oil and spray paint on linen, 11 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches

Jonathan Gardner, Portrait and Dresser, 2019, oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches

Edie Fake, Gridded Sky, 2019, gouache and ink on panel, 14 x 11 inches

Arturo Herrera, Untitled, 2015, oil and acrylic on hardcover book, 7 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/4 inches

Gabrielle Garland, Untitled (reworked), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

John Sparagana, Untitled, 1995, oil on canvas,10 x 8 inches

Samantha Bittman, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on hand-woven textile (hand-dyed and commercially available cotton), 12 x 9 inches

Alice Tippit, Mere, 2019, oil on canvas, 13 x 10 inches

Brian Calvin, Together, 2019, acrylic on sanding block, 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches

Brian Calvin, A Kiss, 2019, acrylic on sanding block, 4 3/4 x 3 inches

Brian Calvin, Open Eyes, 2019, acrylic on sanding block, 5 x 3 inches

Brian Calvin, Double Helix, 2019, acrylic on sanding block, 3 x 5 inches

Brian Calvin, Within, 2019, acrylic on sanding block, 3 x 5 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2015, oil on canvas, 6 x 6 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2011, oil on board, 2 x 3 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 2 3/4 x 4 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2011, oil on canvas, 2 x 2 inches

Louise Fishman, Untitled, 2014, oil on board, 3 3/16 x 2 inches

Joanne Greenbaum, Untitled, 2019, marker on porcelain, 10 x 10 x 3 3/4 inches

Ellen Berkenblit, V Is For You, 2019, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches

Helene Appel, Farfalle, 2017, oil and watercolor on linen, 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches

Helene Appel, Shell Pasta, 2017, Oil and watercolor on linen, 3 x 1 1/2 inches

Amy Feldman, Ordinary Oracle, 2019, silkscreen ink and acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 inches

Vanessa Maltese, Chart no. 9, 2014, Wood, paper, acrylic, paint, rubber washers, hardware, chalkboard paint, 10 x 3 1/2 x 3/4 inches

Celeste Rapone, Viewfinding, 2019, oil on canvas, 10 x 9 inches

Jimmy Wright, Self Portrait, 1987, oil reverse painted on glass with velvet frame, 5 x 3 inches, 10 x 8 inches (framed)

Ann Toebbe, Republican Donor, 2019, gouache, paper collage, pencil on panel, 15 3/4 x 12 inches

Alex Bradley Cohen, Untitled, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 11 inches

Rebecca Shore, Untitled (00-30), 2000, egg tempera on panel, 9 x 12 inches

Charline von Heyl, Ducklene, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches, 13 x 10 x 1 1/2 inches (framed)

Kristy Luck, Raising the Alarm, 2019, oil and wax on linen, 10 x 8 inches

Daniel and David Richter, Untitled, 2019, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches each

Nicola Tyson, The Fox Has its tail between its legs, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 8 x 10 inches

Carol Jackson, Swish Sound, 2019, enamel on leather, 12 x 10 x 3/4 inches

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2019, poly-optic resin, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2019, aqua resin, 6 x 6 1/2 inches

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2019, aqua resin, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Jennie C. Jones, Take 5, 2018, acrylic and glazes on canvas, 16 x 12 inches

Press Release

Friends and colleagues, For the summer exhibition 2019, Corbett vs. Dempsey is delighted to present Small Painting, a group show featuring 33 artists. What are the particular problematics of diminutive scale in painting? How are small paintings different from large ones? Are they? Are they just littler, or is there something inherent in the process of making them that makes them their own species? And what is the range of possibilities in small painting? This exhibition addresses these questions and more, challenging certain painters associated with monumental canvases to work on a different span – which, it turns out, many already do – and inviting makers of modest measure to strut their stuff. Take Brian Calvin’s formally playful investigations of the face, some of which are accomplished on a scale that’s appropriate for – and occasionally found on – a billboard; a new set of issues arises when the substrate is reduced to the size of a sanding block, the modular elements – eyes, mouth, tongue, nose, teeth – being suddenly smaller rather than larger than an actual human face. Rebecca Morris has long worked on small scale shaped canvases that are like individual fragments from her large paintings cut loose, gone fugitive, and assuming their own individual identities. Rebecca Shore’s intimate, intricate works encourage viewers to get in close and observe their immaculate surfaces, velvety, with etched away layers. Meanwhile, Celeste Rapone conjures the anxiety of working small in a painting that narrates her fear. Louise Fishman, who is a specialist at working super small, creates incredible tiny works that have all the power and drama of large ones, Shrinky Dinked little Ab Ex canvases, while Jacqueline Humphries has made a brand new series of six-inch square works, cast from 3-D printed versions of her enormous canvases, monochromes with topography that freeze dries gesture, rendering it as a mountain range for mice. The artists in Small Painting are: Helene Appel, Ellen Berkenblit, Samantha Bittman, Melissa Brown, David Byrd, Brian Calvin, Alex Bradley Cohen, Edie Fake, Amy Feldman, Louise Fishman, Jonathan Gardner, Gabrielle Garland, Joanne Greenbaum, Magalie Guérin, Arturo Herrera, Charline von Heyl, Jacqueline Humphries, Carol Jackson, Jennie C. Jones, Ryosuke Kumakura, Kristy Luck, Vanessa Maltese, Rebecca Morris, Celeste Rapone, Tal R, Daniel Richter, Rebecca Shore, John Sparagana, Alice Tippit, Ann Toebbe, Nicola Tyson, Christopher Wool, and Jimmy Wright. Opening Reception Friday, June 28, 6 to 8pm Exhibition, June 28 - August 17