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Apr 12 - May 18, 2019
Pilar Corrias is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in London of American artist Robert Reed (1938 - 2014) focussing on the San Romano Series executed between 1979 and 1984. This body of work consists of ten large paintings that combine colourful abstract forms with a sense of geometric composition and perspective derived from the Italian Renaissance. These works were a direct response to Paolo Ucello’s The Battle of San Romano (c. 1438 – 40) which Reed saw at the National Gallery in London in 1979. Uccello’s mid-fifteenth century masterpiece resonated with the formal questions Reed was engaged with in his abstract compositions. “The activity, the clash, the pomp, and circumstance… the organized confusion was something that I identify with very much,” he said in 1986. “I began to develop a vocabulary which became the vocabulary through which I speak now, but it came directly from those paintings.”

Jul 4 - Aug 9, 2019
Mary Ramsden’s paintings are composed of basic but indefinable shapes, marks, fields of colour and material. They appear so stripped back, so apparently lacking in artifice, coruscating brushwork and elaborate composition that it would be easy for a casual viewer to dismiss them. However a closer look reveals that they are arrived at by a series of laborious experiments, of thinking and rethinking during the process of painting. This process is defined by an infinite series of decisions, the refusal and acceptance of chance, the vagaries of the eye in coordination with the hand and the conscious effort to resist representation and referentiality whist acknowledging the impossibility of this.
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