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02 Oct 2020

Edward Avedisian: Reverberations

Berry Campbell

Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch

Too sloppy to be hard-edge but too crisp to be painterly - could we call them medium-edge? - the 1965 paintings of Edward Avedisian infuse Pop irreverence into a mode of painting that Darby Bannard called presentational abstraction, as if the art object "was staring right back at you like it was another person."

The compositional motif throughout the series is a striped ball or two sailing through the eighty-inch-plus color field. I was once an avid juggler and I am all but helpless with glee in front of these paintings. Nevertheless a few examples stand out. The orange and blue ball on the green background (all are untitled) hits an especially good color balance, with both the orange and the green reading as light. The orange and yellow ball on the burgundy background gets great mileage out of the staining effect of the acrylic. The "medium" of "medium-edge" would work as a double entendre, as the spill of paint past the drawn lines creates transparencies of color that turn these simple arrangements into pictures. Are they staring back, or am I?

Exhibition Edward Avedisian: Reverberations link
Start date 10 Sep 2020
End date 10 Oct 2020
Presenter Berry Campbell link
Venue 530 West 24th Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Edward Avedisian, Untitled, c. 1965, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 79 1/2 inches, courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery

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