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Frank Badur on Carl Andre

The “disparity of the similar“ (adapted from Viktor Shklovsky) that is so significant for Carl Andre’s complex body of work is also evident in these three small red and black panels. It is quite possible that a quick, fleeting glance will capture three identical images – yet are they identical in size and color? As with Carl Andre’s spatial floor sculptures, this two-dimensional triptych calls for an active, differentiating viewer who takes time for a close-up inspection. Only through an intensive comparison do the three pieces reveal their individuality. The probing eye moves across three dissimilar, rising diagonals – organic separations between the red and black forms. The color balance successively favors the black; irregular brush strokes and restrained textures reference an intuitive creative act. These intimate panels remind me of early Suprematist paintings, small abstract icons whose spiritual energy and visual poetry hold the viewer enraptured.

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Jill Baroff on Frank Badur

When do black and white become equivalents? What an idea: that black and white are the same! When black does not divide, but holds a space steady. When it does not break from white to become an image, but rests in animated stillness like a Ryoanji stone. Sequence infers movement from one moment to the next, but here, there is no individual moment; there is only the whole seen from varying perspectives in time.

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Frank Badur on Sara Sosnowy

Sara Sosnowy’s Gold Drawing # 77 evokes the fact that the value system of any society is shaped and defined by a continuous process of cultural interchange. Sosnowy’s very intensive work on paper appears, on the one hand, as a subtle reference to the reductive work of the French artist Yves Klein. On the other hand, her delicate drawing opens the door to intercultural dialogue with India’s ritualistic tantric art, the principal quality of which lies in its complex creative freedom. In this art form we encounter small colorful gouaches on paper, as well as abstract diagrams visualizing complex principles of cosmic order.

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