East End Desert View And The Lure of Potent Abstraction

#62 – Tuesday May 22nd

After years of hiking about the Grand Canyon, I finally trundled out to the east end to explore one of architect Mary Colter’s iconic Grand Canyon buildings, the Indian Tower at Desert View. The Tower’s interior walls are covered with murals painted by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie depicting aspects of Hopi mythology and religious ceremonies, intertwined with replicas of prehistoric pictographs and petroglyphs created by Fred Greer. Being drawn up the Tower’s circular staircase by these magical images was a delightfully engaging experience and one the highlights of another fantastic adventure in the Grand Canyon. The beauty of the Indian Watchtower has been captured by many superb photographers, this interactive panorama is one of my favorites . . . Don Bain’s 360 Panoramas of North America, Desert View.

Thomas Nozkowski
Untitled (7-138) (SH-IV) – The Badlands
Oil on linen on panel
2000 — 30 x 40 in.

If I had to come up with a short list of painters I admire, Thomas Nozkowski would certainly be at the top. I first remember seeing his work some 20 plus years ago, while perusing the isles of Art Chicago, the massive art expo, then held on Chicago’s Navy Pier. His small potent abstract canvasses, a refreshing alternative vision to the over sized and over stuffed paintings that seemed to rule the day. Coinciding with an exhibition of his drawings, John Yau has written an excellent essay on Mr. Nozkowski for the blog Hyperallergic. The exhibition of Thomas Nozowski’s drawings is on view at Senior &  Shopmaker Gallery, in Manhattan, through June 16th.

Thanks for reading.

Charles

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