April 28, 2018 - May 16, 2018

“Among the innovative ideas that emerged from the New York art scene was the Shaped Canvas. American critic Frances Colpitt regarded it as “the dominant form of abstract painting in the 1960s.” Among its most famous practitioners were Frank Stella, Kenneth Noland, and David Novros. Writes Colpitt: “That optimistic, space-age decade was especially appropriate for the characteristic forms of parallelograms, diamonds, rhomboids, trapezoids, triangles, suggestive of speed and streamlined stylization.”
But the history of the shaped canvas stretches back into the Renaissance and Medieval period, where painting was wedded to architecture through the multi-panel predella, the arc of cathedral spaces and their high vaulted ceilings. Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings are definitely early exemplars of shaped painting.
A homage to that distinct hybrid of painting and sculpture is Galerie Roberto’s “Shaped,” opening on April 28.”
– Cid Reyes

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