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EXHIBITION: Robert Kingston New Paintings

DATES: September 9 -October 14, 2000
RECEPTION: Saturday, September 9, 5-7 p.m.

LOCATION: Ruth Bachofner Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave. G2, Santa Monica, CA 90404
310.829.3300, fax 310.449.0070
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GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present New Paintings by New York artist Robert Kingston. There will be a reception for the artist Saturday, September 9, 5-7 p.m.

Robert Kingston’s new paintings reflect the shapes of the urban environment through the filter of, and in homage to, the modernism of Stuart Davis, Bradley Walker Tomlin, Mondrian, Paul Klee, Ad Reinhardt and John McLaughlin. Borrowing from Mondrian’s idea in Broadway Boogie -Woogie, Kingston’s paintings are jazz-fueled. They were made under the spell of Miles Davis’ and Bill Evans’ Kind of Blue with additional inspiration from Lester Young, Ben Webster, Ahmed Jhamal and Wes Montgomery.

Kingston’s influences gracefully merge in this new body of work where the interplay of rectangles and grids range in tone from bright and upbeat to moody and atmospheric.

In paintings such as Citystyle Blue, rectangular forms of various size and texture mediate the linear movement of intersecting lines on a primarily blue painterly ground. The sturdy composition is balanced by the improvisational and playful quality of the imperfectly rendered quadrants and instances of striking chords of color. The multiple shapes and colors continually play off of one another offering an abstract version of “the modern urban structure” in a style that paraphrases Kingston’s wide variety of influences.

Each of Kingston’s distinctive compositions carry an appreciation for and variation on the high modernism, jazz and design of the mid-20th century.

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