About the Book
Row paints in heavily worked layers of lush oil paint, gradually forming a dense network of marks and lines. Broad swaths of color highlight and disguise underlying grounds, themselves crisscrossed by the artist’s familiar elliptical bands. In his essay Return to Orbit Raphael Rubinstein explains:
The appearance of the painting is the result of how it has been made; the irregularities of surface and shape occur and are left as they occur. Row accepts but does not make too much of them because he is focused on something more important, on the totality of the painting.
In the artist’s most recent work, the drama of his geometric compositions plays out across a new format. Irregular polygonal shaped canvasses assert themselves as jewel like objects, defining the conversation unfolding within their borders. Meanwhile, Row’s curvilinear forms and signature diptychs continue to behave according to their own secret logic, carving architectural paths through space.
Loretta Howard Gallery specializes in classic Post War American art with an emphasis on artists who came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s. Gallery artists are associated with major movements of the period including Abstract Expressionism, Op Art, Minimalism and Color Field. In addition, the gallery represents a select group of mid career artists. The gallery presents exhibitions and advises private and corporate collections.