Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Referencing the French Guys

On my Saturday tour through Chelsea, I thoroughly enjoyed Whiting Tennis’s collages and sculptures at Derek Eller. I also thoroughly enjoy his name.

This is refreshingly subdued, modestly-scaled work that presents unusual, richly textured structures and flattened landscapes that are reminiscent of Cubism and especially Georges Braques. See:

I was lucky enough to be with someone who got us into the back room, where we viewed ugly-beautiful paintings by André Ethier:

These are also intimate in scale and reminded me of Georges Roualt. See: