Time is a Frame (2010) by David Salle, via Mary Boone Gallery
The Mennonite Button Problem (2010) by David Salle, via Mary Boone Gallery
Camus (2010) by David Salle, via Mary Boone Gallery
Each work consists of multiple panels, where, along with the rustic imagery, we see the iconic women of Salle’s 1980s paintings. The women struggle to lift their body from the ground in acts of fierce physicality. They are situated on the docks facing the viewer, as opposed the bucolic water views, caught in acts of resistance against unknown forces. These women are the bodily presence that is seemingly missing among the empty hats, chairs, and boats, and despite their presence, the works give off a tone of anxiety and isolation.
Installation View, via Mary Boone Gallery
Vibrant colors, rich brushstrokes and the sheer size of Salle’s paintings imbue these works with energy and life, yet their subject matter reflects an emotional heaviness. Emptiness, stillness, and struggle provide for an intimate and sensitive experience.
David Salle is an American painter best known for his paintings which mix portraiture and conceptual abstraction. He has had major shows at the Whitney Museum, Los Angeles MoCA, and Guggenheim Bilbao. The show at Mary Boone will close June 25th.