To read my new exhibition review of “Robert Standish: New Works on Canvas” in the May 2023 issue of the Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, click here:

Robert Standish: New Works on Canvas


Many works in the show, such as the circular, acrylic-on-panel Crimson Kismet, offer rich, rolling, textural reveals that show viewers the numerous color-saturated paint layers Standish has laid down before unearthing each into repeated palette-knived patterns that flower and fold above and beneath the ground. It is an “overall” work among others that, in the words of Jackson Pollock, “…do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout.”

Other pieces in the two shows act somewhat differently. Migration, for example, painted on a traditional, vertically dominant, rectilinear canvas, provides a collection of more discrete, star-bursting images that flock and rock across a rich cobalt blue background. We could call them figures, but they’re not sitting for a session. Quite the contrary. There are often just enough of them to create a patterned relationship that lives beyond the confines of the format and live up to the avian mobility and action alluded to in the title.

Martin Lawrence Galleries
366 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening reception: June 3, 2023, 2 – 4 p.m.
Exhibition: June 3 – July 9, 2023

457 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Exhibition: May 12 – June 11, 2023

Instagram: @martinlawrencegalleries
Telephone: +1 (415) 956-0345

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