The cover of a book titled Suzan Frecon: oil paintings, dated 2020.

Suzan Frecon

David Zwirner Books

Published on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition, on view at David Zwirner New York through October 17, 2020, Susan Frecon is the latest monograph dedicated to the striking new work of the internationally acclaimed abstract painter.

The book features new paintings highlighting the artist’s ongoing exploration of the interaction of shape, color, texture, and light. Painted over long periods of time, these works are the result of a deliberative process guided by a deep understanding of color and the properties of paint. Frecon has been exploring the issues of horizontality and verticality, asymmetrical balances, and interacting arrangements of color for over five decades. The result is an ongoing dialogue that yields new and surprising paintings at every turn.

Frecon’s knowledge of color is deeply rooted in art history; her selection of color brings with it an understanding of the scientific properties of pigments as well as their use by Renaissance painters. Esteemed poet and critic John Yau explores this inspiration in his illuminating essay, in which he teases out the connections between these bold abstract works and historic figurative paintings. Highlighting Frecon’s interest in these paintings for their form and color rather than their narrative, Yau offers a new and intriguing way of looking at both present and past.

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A detail from a painting by Suzan Frecon, titled mars stealing the night, dated 2019.

Suzan Frecon: oil paintings

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