The Curator Gallery is pleased to present NEW NEW YORK: ABSTRACT PAINTING IN THE 21st CENTURY, a group show of 22 artists, curated by Liam Davis and Debra Drexler.

A renaissance of abstraction has recently surfaced across New York. The sine qua non of modern art, abstraction fell out of favor in the late twentieth century with the emergence of postmodernism and its concepts of paradox, pastiche and deconstruction. But at the beginning of the 21st century, abstraction has risen from the ashes of its professed death with a power and potency rivaling its inception. This phenomenon is not a return to modernist history, but is specific to our current century. The reasons for the resurgence of abstraction and its new approaches are considered in NEW NEW YORK.

Artists featured in NEW NEW YORK are: Jonathan Allmaier, Timothy Atticus, Paul Behnke, Amanda Church, Vince Contarino, Paul Corio, Peggy Cyphers, Theresa Daddezio, Lisa Corinne Davis, Rob de Oude, Jon Elliott, Robert Otto Epstein, Enrico Gomez, Clare Grill, Lucas Moran, George Negroponte, Gary Petersen, Jenna Ransom, Jered Sprecher, Barbara Takenaga, Julie Torres, and John Zinsser.

The exhibition is a continuation of an exhibition that was originally shown at The University of Hawai’i and takes its title from the New York School, a movement by artists that established abstract expressionism in New York City in the 1940s. It surveys a cross-section of 22 artists currently living and producing abstract paintings in this same historical city. While attentive to each artist’s unique contributions, the exhibition examines the meanings they make collectively as well. Many of these artists also contribute to reshaping the new abstraction through their writings and curatorial projects.

Reflecting a range of current approaches to abstraction, the artists carry over lessons from 20th century pluralism that they use to reinterpret a variety of genres, historical movements, and traditions of mark-making. Furthermore the plethora of historical references is often coupled with a feverish inquiry into the new, particularly the investigation into the emergent vocabulary of post-internet art, a genre that reproduces and alters the organizing principles and systems of online visual culture.  NEW NEW YORK demonstrates a 32,000 year-old medium’s participation in the urgent dialogue of survival in a world deluged with information and rapidly changing technologies.


A brochure and a print-on-demand catalogue for NEW NEW YORK: Abstract Painting in the 21st Century will feature an essay entitled Revolution in (Re)Form: More Thoughts on Abstract Painting by Marco Antonini, executive director and curator at NURTUREart Non Profit, Inc. An author and independent curator, Antonini has conducted interviews and written essays for the books Golden Age: Perspectives on Abstract Painting Today, 2014, NURTUREart Press, and Experimental Photography: A Handbook of Techniques, 2015, Thames and Hudson. His essays, reviews, and interviews have been published in exhibition catalogues, Flash Art International, CURA, Pulse Berlin Journal, and ARTPULSE. 

The print-on-demand catalogue also includes essays by the curators Liam Davis and Debra Drexler and images of all of the artworks in the exhibition. The catalogue will be available at This catalogue was originally published for the University of Hawai’i Gallery iteration of the exhibition.

The Curator Gallery is a fine art gallery in Chelsea founded and underwritten by Ann S. Moore, the retired Chairman and CEO of Time Inc. The gallery’s mission is to give exposure to hardworking artists, as well as to educate and expand the pool of serious, engaged collectors. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm.

For more information, please contact Natalie Barkus at The Curator Gallery, or (212) 243-1806