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Chicago Blues Grid (For Natalie and Irving)

Chicago Blues Grid (For Natalie and Irving)

Artist: Winston Roeth (American, born 1945)
Date: 2007
Medium: tempera on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 47 × 31 1/4 in. (119.4 × 79.4 cm)
Support: 47 × 31 1/4 in. (119.4 × 79.4 cm)
Mat: 53 × 36 7/8 in. (134.6 × 93.7 cm)
Frame: 53 5/8 × 37 1/2 × 2 in. (136.2 × 95.3 × 5.1 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Lisa Neall Forman and Gabrielle Forman in memory of their parents, Irving and Natalie Forman, 2013
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2013.45.18
Description
Making use of the grid, Winston Roeth revisited his native Chicago in the creation of this tempera on paper work. In its evocation of a city grid and a primary color, the piece brings to mind Mondrian, but rather than blocks of color filling in rectangles outlined in black, Roeth’s lines themselves constitute the use of color. Roeth’s grid, too, is too regular and uniform to be true to any city grid. Rather it is perhaps more compatible with the graph paper that the artist uses to plan his monochrome and reductive paintings. With a work such as Chicago Blues Grid, Roeth is bridging his practice as a monochrome painter and the modernist trope of the grid, not to mention bridging painting and drawing. In this sense, Roeth blurs the boundaries between painting and drawing.
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