GARY STEPHAN, THE FUTURE OF READING, in collaboration with Hionas Gallery, is a selection of five works the artist made in 2016. Raphael Rubinstein said of this work "These are Paintings that pick arguments with themselves". Perfect and funny, think of them less as abstract paintings and more as unlikely representations. Abusing geometry, putting it in the service of problematic space. Expanding the experience of picture space.
The title of the show, “The Future of Reading” refers to a term Stephan created which could apply to reading text, languages or reading works of art. Stephan’s work is very much about how we look at it, how we “read” it and about the relationship of the seen and unseen.
John Yau said of Stephan that “ …[he] works with a pared-down, abstract vocabulary […] that echoes a painting’s structure. Stephan asks us to take nothing for granted, to re-examine everything we look at, even as he makes paintings that are a pleasure to see and consider.”
Gary Stephan (b. 1942) has been showing his painting and sculpture since the late sixties in the United States and Europe. He has had solo shows in New York at Susan Inglett Gallery, Bykert Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, Hirschl and Adler and Marlborough Gallery; in Los Angeles at Margo Leavin Gallery and Daniel Weinberg Gallery; and in Berlin at Galerie Keinzle and Gmeiner among many others. His work can be found in the collections of The Guggenheim Museum of Art, The Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as museums nationwide. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the MFA program at School of Visual Arts in NYC and is currently represented by Kienzle Art Foundation in Berlin. Gary Stephan lives and works in New York City and Stone Ridge, NY.