Exhibition Reception will be Friday, June 28 from 5 to 7pm
With work in virtually every leading American museum, Dan Christensen (1942-2007) is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost color abstractionists. The great critic Clement Greenberg anointed him in 1990 as “one of the painters on whom the course of American art depends.” Never wavering from his approach to art as a means of exploration, Dan Christensen was at the center of many of the most important developments, innovations and currents in American abstract painting after the mid-20th century. Resolving to find new ways of reenergizing nonrepresentational painting, Christensen and colleagues such as Kenneth Nowland, Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jules Olitski, began to evolve approaches towards color, materials, and flavors of artistic expression. This new generation of artists, with Christensen at its vanguard, determined to show in their work the profuse variety of new ways to use and apply paint to canvas, new paints that could produce exciting new surface qualities, and inventive color combinations. Stains and Loops features three important periods of Christensen’s career: his Early Stain Paintings, his Late Stain Paintings, and his Last Loops.