February 5 – March 14, 2015
Artist Reception: Friday, February 6, 5:30pm
For more than three decades, Andrew Masullo has steadfastly ignored art world trends and produced a highly personal body of work. Recent Paintings presents fifteen paintings all completed between 2013 and 2014.
Masullo’s non-objective paintings – he eschews the word abstract – are notable for both their intimate scale and sophisticated use of color and form. Executed in oils, their “rightness” is derived from an intuitive, yet methodical adjustment of paintings’ most basic elements. In some cases, a painting can take years to complete, yet Masullo does not attempt to hide a given painting’s history, and prior adjustments and abandoned directions are often visible in a completed work.
Masullo’s unique pictorial vocabulary of geometric and organic forms suggest potential reference points, but his paintings are ultimately about their own creation, not external influences; their meaning is immanent, rather than transcendent. Since the early 1990s, Masullo’s stated aim has been to produce paintings that have “no preconceived ideas, no personal or outside references, no pictorial imagery, no words, no numbering systems, no theories, no agendas, and no gimmicks.”
Since the mid-1980s, Masullo’s work has been featured in dozens of shows, internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at Texas Gallery in Houston, Mary Boone Gallery in New York City, and Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco. Masullo’s work has been included in more than twenty group exhibitions since 2010, including the 2012 Biennial Exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. This is Masullo’s third one-man exhibition at Steven Zevitas Gallery. He will have a solo exhibition at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco later this year.