the forever now: contemporary painting in an atemporal world @ moma

La Noche    Mary Weatherford   c. 2014

La Noche   Mary Weatherford   c. 2014

If you invite someone to dinner, why, then would you not speak to them at the table?

i.e - Smith treats his larger body of work as a single, ongoing work of art, in which each series of paintings is related to the next.  He works with sets of generic subject categories - both abstract and figurative - and uniform canvas sizes.  These  restrictions on content and format offer him a standardized framework for an unlimited number of possible compositions while simultaneously freeing him from having to make certain decision each time he produces a painting.

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