Karl Benjamin

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A Hard Edge Barely Contains Them   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, John McLaughlin at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art December 21st, 2013 - June 29th, 2014
Posted 1/25/14
It may be hard to find, but Dave Hickey did a little catalogue for Karl Benjamin in 2007 (published by Louis Stern Gallery) that contained a sort of palate cleansing line that bears repeating. Actually it bears writing out in pen or maybe even reserving a little space on your pegboard: “One need only consider Abstract Expressionism, for just a moment, as just another style to see with a great deal of clarity that, in the Post World War II period, geometric abstraction, or op art, or hard... [more]
Mashup alert! Daimler Contemporary goes contemporary   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Josef Albers, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Krysten Cunningham, Gene Davis, Adolf Richard Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Marcia Hafif, Peter Halley, Frederick Hammersley, Michael Heizer, Al Held, Nic Hess, Alexander Liberman, Sylvan Lionni, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, David Novros, Amish People, Robert Ryman, Tom Sachs, Oli Sihvonen, John Tremblay, Larry Zox at Daimler Chrysler Collection: Daimler Contemporary October 17th, 2013 - March 16th, 2014
Posted 11/27/13
Despite its prime Potsdamer Platz location in one of the busiest and most central areas of Berlin, the Daimler Collection remains a bit of a secret, brilliantly hidden in plain sight. To find it one must avoid getting sucked into the nearby shopping mall, multiplex theatre, or one of the uncountable restaurants. Look for Haus Huth, the only remaining historical building at Potsdamer Platz. A doorman will let you in. Take the elevator to the top and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a quiet... [more]
Karl Benjamin at Brian Gross Fine Art   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karl Benjamin at Brian Gross Fine Art at One Post Street June 30th, 2008 - September 5th, 2008
Posted 8/15/08
  In an unusual, yet opportune setting, Brian Gross Fine Art houses a sort of tiny satellite location in the lobby of an office building at the busy corner of Post and Market. On the two walls which flank the building’s secured entry to a bank of elevators are currently displayed four paintings by Southern California artist Karl Benjamin. Possibly mistaken for generic commercial art by a casual passerby, these paintings are late examples by one of the innovators of the Hard-Edge style of... [more]
Discipline and Flourish   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Karl Benjamin at Louis Stern Fine Arts September 29th, 2007 - December 22nd, 2007
Posted 11/4/07
Dance the Line at Louis Stern Fine Arts surveys the 50-year career of painter Karl Benjamin with maturity, equanimity, conviction. That considerable temporal span has allowed Benjamin’s painterly eye to achieve affective maturity, to reach a legible rhythm.  The assuredness and consistency these canvases evidence are the show’s greatest strength.   But underlying the discipline of Benjamin’s production is an equally pronounced interest in less cerebral effects—the optic, sensuous play of... [more]
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