New series of paintings by David Reed debut at Pérez Art Museum Miami during Art Basel in Miami Beach

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New series of paintings by David Reed debut at Pérez Art Museum Miami during Art Basel in Miami Beach
David Reed, Color Study #39, 2016. Acrylic and Alkyd on dibond panel. 25 x 36 ¼ inches. Courtesy the artist; Peter Blum Gallery, New York; Häusler Contemporary Munich/Zurich.

MIAMI, FLA.- On November 29, during Art Basel in Miami Beach, Pérez Art Museum Miami will debut David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations, a new series of paintings by the New York-based artist. The project, which showcases the artist’s large brushstrokes and diverse paint placements in vibrant color configurations, offers a fresh look at Reed’s complex and layered process.

Reed has experimented with methods of painterly abstraction for more than five decades, pushing and expanding material limits, forms, and references. His gestural marks are often shown partially fragmented, as if the brushstrokes are elements of collage that have been cut and placed in disjunctive ways. Since the 1970s, Reed’s works have drawn upon and critiqued the legacies of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Conceptual art, while continually responding to new forms of image making taken from cinema, television, and digital media.

“David’s project at PAMM reveals a practice that pushes a very particular aesthetic vocabulary in surprising and innovative ways,” said Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. “These paintings, influenced both by popular culture and high art, are earnest, awkward, and strangely enigmatic.”

For the exhibition at PAMM, Reed has created a new series of works inspired by a painting he created in 1984-1985, titled #212 (Vice). This painting presents highly saturated blues and yellows that were drawn from similarly strong colors used in the 1980s TV series Miami Vice. Reed has reimagined this earlier painting in the form of four new large-scale paintings, which play with the scale and proportions of the architecture of the museum gallery in which they are exhibited. He is also presenting two televisions in the space: the first showing a scene from the original TV pilot of Miami Vice, into which he has digitally inserted the painting #212, and the second with his new paintings reflected in Michael Mann’s 2006 film remake of the television series. The exhibition will also include Reed’s meticulous Working Drawings and Color Studies, a series of works on paper that document his process of working on the new paintings.

David Reed is a Californian who lives and works in New York. He has studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; Reed College, Portland; and New York Studio School, New York. Solo shows of his work have been presented at Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Massachusetts; Museum Haus Lange, Kunstmuseum Krefeld, Germany; Peter Blum Gallery, New York; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University; and MoMA PS1, New York. Significant group exhibitions have been presented at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Tate Saint Ives, United Kingdom; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.

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