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Jack Roth - IBID D-2, 1982
Jack Roth, IBID D-2, 1982
Acrylic on canvas, 55 x 55 inches

Jack Roth:
Color Line Equations

May 12 June 11, 2011

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Jack Roth created a brilliant body of work over a long career, beginning in the late 1940s, when he worked in San Francisco with Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still.  Along the way, he became a Guggenheim Fellow—no easy accomplishment—and joined the legendary stable of artists represented by M. Knoedler & Co. in New York.  Roth painted his way through the major developments in postwar American art, from Abstract Expressionism, through Pop, and ultimately through color field abstraction.  His broadly stained canvases of the 1970s and ’80s are crisp, fresh, and smart.  A brilliant mathematician (and a poet!), Roth brought considerable powers to the game, placing his unique signature on the development of abstract painting in America.

Suffering from poor health for several years prior to his death in 2004, Roth stored away much of his work in an onion barn in Chester, New York—creating a treasure chest waiting to be opened. With this exhibition we hope to rediscover a painter of tremendous talent and fervor, whose work is as compelling and vital today as when he put brush to canvas over sixty years ago.

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