Installation view

Max Estenger 1991-2016

13 February - 29 May, 2016

Curated by Jocko Weyland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ

Installation view

Max Estenger 1991-2016

13 February - 29 May, 2016

Curated by Jocko Weyland

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ

MAX ESTENGER

Red (five panels), 2017

Oil on canvas, Stainless Steel and clear vinyl

72h x 93w in
182.88h x 236.22w cm

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MAX ESTENGER

White (three panels), 2018

Oil on canvas and Stainless Steel

72h x 36w in
182.88h x 91.44w cm

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MAX ESTENGER

Black & White (six panels), 2015

Oil on stainless steel and clear vinyl; raw canvas

72h x 228w in
182.88h x 579.12w cm

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MAX ESTENGER

Blue See-Through Painting (four panels), 1992

Clear vinyl over wood, acrylic on canvas

80h x 80w in
203.20h x 203.20w cm

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MAX ESTENGER

Twenty Four, 2016

Acrylic on canvas

40h x 130.50w in
101.60h x 331.47w cm

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MAX ESTENGER

Blue (4 panels), 2018

Oil on wood panel

24h x 24w in
60.96h x 60.96w cm

ME014

MAX ESTENGER

Paintings Exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (2016) & Other Works

July 10 – September 30, 2018

MAX ESTENGER: Paintings Exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (2016) & Other Works
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE
July 10 – September 30, 2018

Like ‘the simple expression of complex thought,’ as the minimalist Donald Judd once said, Estenger takes on the compounding history of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction. This is cutting-edge painting for the 21st Century.

 

MAX ESTENGER (b. 1963, Los Angeles California, Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY)

 

For the past three decades, Max Estenger has been developing new possibilities for abstraction. Utilizing a rigorous formal language as the driving force, his painted objects are involved in conversation with art history and the ongoing dialogue with the various parameters of abstract painting—formal, material and ideological. Estenger’s work brings together a visual clarity, integrity and moral dimension with a tough-minded tenacity fusing a serious study of direct experience with aesthetic gratification.

 

Estenger’s minesdisparate materials—raw canvas, stainless steel, clear vinyl and wood panels—to create multi-paneled works. The resulting interplay of surface, structure and color refine certain aspects of his practice while celebrating paint and color as never before in his work. Polarities such as hard/soft, opaque/transparent, painted/unpainted, matte/glossy, inside/outside, actual/virtual, etc. abound and become the content of the work.

 

Like ‘the simple expression of complex thought,’ as the minimalist Donald Judd once said, Estenger takes on not only the compounding history of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction, but also its serialization and ubiquitous past. This is cutting-edge painting for the 21st Century.

 

 "I have always thought that abstraction was as epochal as Renaissance illusionism and if that tradition could last 500 years or so, abstraction could yield at least 200 years. We are in abstraction’s second century and I see no reason why interesting, fresh, and inventive work can’t still come from what started in 1912.”

–Max Estenger in conversation with Matthew Deleget 2017

 

Max Estenger (b.1963) was born in Los Angeles, California and received his M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego. He has been living and working in New York City since 1988. His most recent exhibition was a group of new paintings at Norte Maar in 2017, which came after his mid-career survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ in 2016 curated by Jocko Weyland. Fully-illustrated catalogues were published on both occasions. His work was recently acquired and exhibited for the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 2016. 

Press

ARTSY ONLINE EXCLUSIVE MAX ESTENGER Paintings exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ (2016) & Other Works
July 10 - September 30, 2018
THE NEW YORK TIMES MAX ESTENGER A Bed and Easel Under One Roof
October 8, 2015