Exhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver opens at James Cohan

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, February 23, 2024

Exhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver opens at James Cohan
James Cohan, Untitled (Woman), 2021. Oil on canvas, 95 x 89 in. 241.3 x 226.1 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- James Cohan is presenting 11 Women, an exhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver, on view from November 18 through December 18, 2021 at the gallery’s 52 Walker Street location.

For her third exhibition at James Cohan, Weaver has created eleven paintings of monumentally-scaled women. Expressively executed in thick oil paint, the figures are arrested mid-stride as they navigate the hazards of city streets, their dynamic limbs rendered in pink against asphalt grounds. At once heroic and awkward, sturdy yet precarious, brutal but tender, her subjects contend with what it is to be a woman moving through—and taking up—space.

Weaver paints with unflinchingly bold gestures that embody the exaggerated physicality of her subjects. She has left behind the thin surfaces and smoothed edges that shaped her earlier paintings. Her subjects as well are weightier and more substantive. They draw on the legacies of both figurative and abstract painting with nods to Philip Guston, Maria Lassnig and Georg Baselitz.

Working serially within a set of fixed parameters, Weaver presses into the expressive possibilities of each figure. She paints her subjects from the inside out, giving form to an accumulation of bodily sensations and vulnerabilities, from the awkward constriction of exercise clothes or the wobbliness of a stomach, to the tentative strength of a leg thrust forward in motion or the sharp protrusion of an elbow or knee. Her compressed palette of soft blacks, chalky whites, bubble-gum pinks, day-glo oranges and acidic yellows resist an easy beauty. Painted wet-into-wet, the surfaces of the paintings provide a physical map of their own making. A concert of outsized gestures, drips, hesitations, and erasure gives form to a simultaneous sense of vitality and vulnerability that is impossible to disentangle.

Each of Weaver’s female protagonists is set within a seamless streetscape of dashed lines and distorted crosswalks as she navigates the loose ends of urban debris. Traffic cones, cigarette butts, coffee cups, empty bottles, and the occasional banana litter these streets, as much a landscape of the mind as the residue of actual experience. The figures–all knees and elbows, grasping smartphones and fanny packs–appear constrained by the obstacles and impediments of their depicted landscape, if not the boundaries set by the actual edges of the canvas. In this way, Weaver’s subjects become a vessel for the often unspoken complexities of existing as a body in public, and a stand-in for the artist’s own experience.

Grace Weaver (b. 1989, Vermont) received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. Weaver has been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York, NY; Burlington, VT; Berlin, Oldenburg, Erlangen, and Reutlingen in Germany; Glasgow, Scotland; and Chennai, India. Her work is featured in the collections of institutions including FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France; ARoS Museum, Aarhus, Denmark; and the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH. Weaver lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Today's News

November 22, 2021

The art of storytelling in Andalusian Baroque painting arrives at the Prado Museum

Exhibition features over forty works by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro

Exhibition explores Alexander Calder's enduring and unmistakable influence on contemporary art

Eli Wilner & Company reframes Alfred Jacob Miller's "Our Camp" for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Jeu de Paume opens 'Masterworks of Modern Photography 1900-1940: The Thomas Walther Collection'

Rare Einstein manuscript set to fetch millions

Exhibition presents photographic prints selected by Annie Leibovitz from her acclaimed body of work

New exhibition celebrates collaborations of French designers, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

The San Diego Museum of Art opens 'Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection'

First major retrospective of Andrea Bowers opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Gillian Wearing is spilling your secrets

Olivia Walton to lead Crystal Bridges board

Works by creator of much-loved Alice in Wonderland sculpture in Central Park coming up for auction

The New Children's Museum in San Diego names new leader

Sculptures installed in the gardens around Firstsite as part of a new project

Curators get share of £300,000 to deepen collections knowledge

Exhibition of new paintings by Grace Weaver opens at James Cohan

Mexico fights 'plagiarism' with indigenous fashion fair

Venezuela sets largest orchestra world record

Iran's Farhadi threatens not to represent Iran at Oscars

The New Art Dealers Alliance hosts exhibition of works by Nokukhanya Langa, presented by Ballon Rouge

Dutch photographer Frank van Driel exhibits 'The Art of Perception'

Nairy Baghramian presents an installation at Vienna's Secession

Art Gallery of NSW marks 'topping out' for Sydney Modern Project

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful