Acquired by the Springfield Art Museum
The watercolor, The Principles of Immortality, by Richard Kalina was acquired by the Springfield Art Museum.
Acquired by the Nasher Museum
An important Richard Kalina painting, Midnight Rider from 1972 has been acquired by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
“Three essential elements can be found throughout Richard Kalina’s tenth show at Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.: circles, grids, and bright jewel tones. In the artist’s larger works, brightly colored circles connected by precisely angled lines are placed at regular intervals upon a carefully measured grid. The backdrop is a subtle collage of squares of white paper layered atop light brown linen. Kalina’s pleasing variations on this systematic theme introduce colored borders, cut-outs, and concentric circles in different colors. In the smaller pieces, the grid becomes less precise, rendered freehand on a sheet of paper, and the angled lines between the circles disappear altogether. In some instances, the circles’ cheerful watercolors fade to white in the center. By playing with his three key elements, Kalina has created a visually striking, rigorously organized array of work that is both abstract and accessible.”
— Sarah Cascone, “Five Chelsea Gallery Shows to See Now – Richard Kalina at Lennon, Weinberg,”
artnet News, March 26, 2014.
“Experience pays off—again—in Richard Kalina’s 23rd solo exhibition, his 10th at this gallery. The paintings and watercolors are energized by scattered dots, some of them vaguely targetlike, connected by lines that deftly subdivide the pictorial field. The result: A subtle push-pull in perceptual space that evokes the kind of cognitive complexity inherent in today’s highly networked urban life. Leave it to this artist—who is also a professor, book author and critic—to capture that glorious, electron-swift muddle.”
— “Exhibitions- The Lookout: Richard Kalina at Lennon, Weinberg”, Art in America, March 28, 2014.
Richard Kalina: New Paintings and Watercolors
February 20 – March 29, 2014
Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.
514 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10–6
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20, 6–8 pm
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Richard Kalina recently participated in Conceptual Abstraction, an exhibition curated by Pepe Karmel and Joachim Pissarro at the Hunter College Times Square Gallery. The show reprised and updated the 1991 Sidney Janis Gallery exhibition of the same name. Conceptual Abstraction was reviewed by Holland Cotter in the New York Times in November.
Elisa Decker’s review in the May 2012 issue of Art in America begins:
“Richard Kalina’s recent paintings are systemic yet intuitive, summoning – despite their rigorous abstraction – the optical play of color and light in Seurat’s work. This handsome exhibition, Kalina’s ninth at the gallery since 1993, included six watercolors and eight medium-size works on linen, which employ a collage technique that the artist has been fine-tuning over the last decade. Many of the titles refer to scientific concepts ranging from physics to cybernetics, yet the results feel like poetic interpretations rather than literal illustrations. Though the precision of the works lends them an immaculate appearance, closer looking reveals a handmade touch.”
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Richard Kalina was recently elected to membership in the National Academy of Design. The National Academy was founded by Samuel F.B. Morse, Rembrandt Peale, Asher B. Durand and Thomas Cole in 1825 and was modeled on the Royal Academy in London. National Academicians are drawn from the fields of fine art and architecture.
The New Yorker — August 9, 2010
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN: ART
This mini-retrospective showcases twenty paintings by the artist, who is also a well-respected critic. Starting with post-painterly abstraction (represented here by a crumpled striped canvas from 1970), Kalina went on to experiment with postmodern pastiche and now makes elegantly tessellated collages, his strongest work yet. The buoyant hexagons of “A Cartesian Diver” traverse a grid, the intersections of which are cut into squares of raw canvas, giving the delicate composition a satisfyingly rough contrast. A painter’s painter, Kalina has affinities with other New York artists who came of age in the sixties and seventies, from Jennifer Bartlett to Philip Taaffe; this show will hold the greatest appeal for fans of formal abstraction. Through Aug. 13.
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New York Magazine — August 9-16, 2010
A Long, Colorful Run
“In this era of the 40-month career, it’s great to see an artist like Richard Kalina develop over a 40-year arc.”
In this era of the 40-month career, it’s great to see an artist develop over a 40-year arc. Richard Kalina has a tight touch and a structured mind that creates playfully rigorous fractal-geometry-like compositions. In this survey of his patterning and wallpaper-like designs, the black-and-white Vertical Forms is Morandi meets Mondrian; A Cartesian Diver is a cotton-candy-colored screen saver. This show radiates the joys of a life lived in art (pictured, Luquillo, 1970). — Jerry Saltz