Last week I went down to Chelsea to see David Salle’s new exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery (541 West 24th st.). Having been slightly underwhelmed by the other galleries that day, this exhibition really stood out to me. Salle’s large paintings are composed of panels reprising the iconic women of his work from the 80’s, and a recurring motif of an empty canoe or raft adrift on water can be seen throughout the series. Within his paintings reside smaller paintings, creating a complex body of work. Being a lover of technically skilled art, these paintings were right up my alley; Salle’s great foundational skill was put into play in the large figurative (some in color, some in black and white) portrayals of the often slightly raunchy women. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this show and recommend it, especially to those who enjoy traditional painting.
David Salle (born 1952) is from Norman, Oklahoma. He earned a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with John Baldessari. Salle’s work first came to public attention in New York in the early 1980s. Some of his major exhibitions have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Castello di Rivoli (Torino, Italy), and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. He helped to define the post-modern sensibility by combining figuration with an extremely varied pictorial language.
Read the David Salle: New Paintings press release here.