Painting by Other Means

View of James Bishop's 2014 exhibition at David Zwirner, New York.
View of James Bishop’s 2014 exhibition at David Zwirner, New York.

Painter James Bishop has died at age 93. His lyrical abstractions juxtapose fields of colour or expanses of primed and painted canvas. He often worked on found materials, displaying careful attention to his substrateโ€™s surface. In an essay for our October 2008 issue, artist and critic Joe Fyfe responded to a retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago that centred Bishopโ€™s work on paper. โ€œBishopโ€™s paintings on paper arise from a carefully determined process and an openness to accident,โ€ Fyfe writes. โ€œWorking on a small scale, often in series, he achieves a gentle grandeur.โ€

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