This Fall, David Zwirner will present recent paintings and works on paper by Suzan Frecon in concurrent exhibitions in New York and London, marking the artist’s first show in London and her fourth overall solo presentation with the gallery.
For almost five decades, Frecon has created abstract paintings that address issues of horizontality and verticality, asymmetrical balances, and interacting arrangements of color. Each composition is the result of a deliberative process guided by careful attention to spatial relationships. Working slowly, she accrues paint gradually, allowing the process of arriving at a given configuration to take ultimate precedence.
On view at 525 West 19th Street in New York will be large-scale oil paintings composed with asymmetrical curves that result in measured areas of color. On view at 24 Grafton Street in London will be works on paper utlizing form found in the artist’s oil paintings. Within Frecon’s practice, all works are considered part of the same unity, and one work leads to another.
An extensive interview with Suzan Frecon by John Yau, conducted at the artist's studio in New York in 2005, is included in Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail—a forthcoming publication bringing together 60 of the journal's most important interviews.
Published in New York, The Brooklyn Rail is a monthly print journal that provides a platform for artists, academics, critics, poets, and writers both locally and abroad. Since its establishment in 2000, the journal's cofounder and artistic director Phong Bui and the Brooklyn Rail's contributors have interviewed more than 400 artists.
Selected and co-edited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Brooklyn Rail contributor, and Lucas Zwirner, Editorial Director at David Zwirner Books, Tell Me Something Good includes an introduction to the project by Phong Bui as well as many of the hand-drawn portraits he has made of those he has interviewed over the years. Among the other artists interviewed are fellow gallery artists Richard Serra, Luc Tuymans, and Lisa Yuskavage. Published by David Zwirner Books
Suzan Frecon is the recipient of the 2016 Artist's Legacy Foundation Artist Award. The honor recognizes her subtle, meticulous compositions and attention to the physical qualities of her works, which are created with pigments she grinds by hand. Discussing this aspect of her practice, Frecon has said: "I need to mix the colors myself; I need to know how the colors feel—I need to be in touch with everything I do."
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the award, which was celebrated with a video documentary on Frecon and past honorees. For the award, painters and sculptors are anonymously selected by a group of distinguished nominators and jurors with expertise in their fields.
Published to accompany Suzan Frecon’s third solo exhibition at David Zwirner in New York in 2015, oil paintings and sun documents the artist’s engagement with natural light, the varying subtleties of which she integrates into the creation of her paintings.
The publication features color plates illustrating fourteen paintings by Frecon, many of which are depicted several times in different types of light and from multiple angles. Also included is an essay by David Cohen, details and installation views of the exhibition, color photographs of the artist’s studio and materials, and an illustrated visual appendix showing a selection of Frecon’s reference sources for the works with commentary written by the artist.