The Kitchen is pleased to present Besides, With, Against, and Yet: Abstraction and the Ready-Made Gesture, a group exhibition bringing together more than twenty New York-based artists whose works engage diverging conceptual approaches to abstract painting and question the fundamental roots of the medium’s modernist legacies.
There will be an opening reception for Besides, With, Against and Yet at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Friday, November 13, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Curated by Debra Singer, the exhibition will be on view Friday, November 13 through Saturday, January 16. The Kitchen’s gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free.
The artists in the show are: Richard Aldrich, Polly Apfelbaum, Kerstin Brätsch, Ana Cardoso, Jessica Dickinson, Cheryl Donegan, Keltie Ferris, Wade Guyton, Jaya Howey, Alex Hubbard, Jacqueline Humphries, Jacob Kassay, Jutta Koether, Nate Lowman, Seth Price, R.H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne, Davis Rhodes, Cheyney Thompson, Patricia Treib, Charline von Heyl, and Kelley Walker.
Renegotiating histories of painting with a mixture of both irony and sincerity, these artists appropriate aspects of non-narrative abstraction as “ready-made” vocabularies to be reinvented. Whether resulting from detached and mechanized modes of production or more direct, hand-rendered means, the works’ formal gestural qualities are offered up in relation to conceptual, minimalist, process, and pop art traditions.