NY Times Review of 2012 Algus Greenspon show (NYC)


 By Roberta Smith:

"New York is slowly catching up with Peter Young, the Post-Minimal
painter and erstwhile New Yorker who has lived and worked in Arizona
since 1972. Five years ago
an exhibition at MoMA PS1 reviewed Mr. Young’s elegantly varied,
process-oriented abstractions from 1963 to 1977, while a concurrent show
at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in Chelsea included works from 1972 to
1980. Mr. Algus has since joined forces with Amy Greenspon, and they are
presenting eight canvases
from a 1996-98 series; the paintings show Mr. Young as involved as ever
with self-evident techniques, stylish nonchalance and mixed optical and
cultural messages.

These paintings result from a nearly transparent triple-tiered process,
beginning with a scattering of loose, watercolor-thin, sometimes de
Kooningesque brushwork. Over this is added — lightly drawn in pencil
using stencils — a faint, woozy, geometric lattice of intersecting
circles and ellipses. Finally some of the curved shapes created by these
intersections are filled in with white paint. Finito.

The process reads as trancelike and autonomist; the effect is delicately
hallucinatory, like a mirage seen through clouds or smoke, as well as
an unusually simple joining of geometry and gesture. Two horizontal
paintings can suggest bird’s-eye views of a vast, disintegrating Cézanne
landscape. Several vertical works that relegate the pencil work to half
of the canvas or limit color, or both, are especially effective, like
expanded doodles unafraid to take on Pollock. Robert Motherwell
once said that painters carry the history of their medium in their
heads. Mr. Young seems to carry it in his hands, freely, restlessly and
without pretense. Here’s hoping New York doesn’t have to wait another
five years for his next update."


Thanks Roberta! Come to Arizona!