Pieter Schoolwerth Model as Painting

Abstraction, digital or painterly

By Rachel Wetzler

'Model as Painting', Miguel Abreu Gallery, 2017, Installation view. Image: Charles Benton Pieter Schoolwerth, Mailbox #2, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York

Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, 21 May – 30 JunePieter Schoolwerth’s most recent body of work riffs on the title of art historian Yve-Alain Bois’s influential 1990 book Painting as Model. The latter is ostensibly a collection of essays on modernist abstraction, but it also serves as something of a manifesto for formalist criticism – not of the dogmatic Greenbergian variety, but a formalism that treats painting as ‘a theoretical model in itself’ rather than a screen onto which theory…

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