David Reed

David Reed, born in 1946 in San Diego, is one of the most influential American artists of abstract painting. His paintings often involve a long and complex technical process combining traditional painting techniques with the use of laser cut stencils that are produced using digital image processing. Reed’s paintings are the result of the artist’s interest in and extensive knowledge of the history of European and American painting ranging from the Italian Renaissance, and European Baroque to American Pop Art, Photorealism, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism. Working with elongated, mostly horizontal formats Reed’s works in the past have also been associated with new media formats including photography and film.

In Reed’s often asymmetrical compositions, the large, seemingly spontaneous painterly gesture of the brushstroke appears as figure superimposed onto monochromatic grounds. These figures however are complex constructions that, due to the absolute smoothness of the surface, defy the sensual, lush, and subjective expressivity generally associated with painting; instead, emotions in Reed’s work translate through the selection of colour and structure.

Reed’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide including a major show at the Kunstmuseum Bonn in 2014 and at Haus Lange in Krefeld in 2015. In the same year, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin showed Reed’s work alongside works by Mary Heilmann. David Reed has been awarded the Ursula Blickle Foundation Art Award (2001) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1988).


Recent and upcoming exhibitions

Häusler Contemporary Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
Group exhibition
January 20 – March 25, 2017

Gagosian New York, New York, NY, USA
Painting Paintings David Reed (1975)
Solo exhibition curated by Katy Siegel and Christopher Wool
January 17 – February 25, 2016

Peréz Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL, USA
David Reed: Vice and Reflection – An Old Painting, New Paintings and Animations
Solo exhibition
November 29, 2016 – May 21, 2017

Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg, Germany
Concept and Idea in Art
Group exhibition
October 16, 2016 – January 17, 2017

Selected Publications

Stephan Berg (Ed.)
David Reed: Heart of Glass
Gemälde und Zeichnungen 1967-2012

Published by: Kunstmuseum Bonn and Snoeck, 2012
ISBN: 978-3864420139

Information on shows at the gallery

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