Apr 18


A conversation on Paul Mogensen, Paintings: 1965-2022

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7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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188 E 2nd Street New York, NY 10003 United States

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On the occasion of the exhibition Paul Mogensen, Painting: 1965-2022, Karma is pleased to present a conversation between artists Paul Mogensen and Dorothea Rockburne, moderated art critic Barry Schwabksy.

This conversation will take place in-person and has limited seating, it will also be streaming on karmakarma.org

Paul Mogensen is a New York-based painter who has often been associated with Minimalism, although his mathematical, progressional work resists categorization. Rather than reproducing the reductive geometric abstractions of his Minimalist contemporaries, Mogensen uses an iterative format to activate the picture plane. His paintings are meant to be deciphered rather than easily comprehended: often full of movement, they actively draw the eye across the canvas. Each painting is calibrated according to the rules of elemental mathematics, particularly those deriving from Renaissance and Ancient Egyptian theorems. Mogensen uses such arithmetic progressions to determine the sequence and size of each color form.

Dorothea Rockburne has been the subject of three significant survey exhibitions in the last decade, including Dorothea Rockburne, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, NY (2018-ongoing); Dorothea Rockburne: Drawing Which Makes Itself, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2013-2014); and In My Mind’s Eye, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY (2011). Additional solo museum exhibitions include A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine (2015); Dorothea Rockburne, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1989); and Dorothea Rockburne: Locus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1981), among others.

Rockburne’s work is represented in prominent private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; and the Auckland City Art Museum, Auckland, New Zealand, among many others.

Rockburne lives and works in New York City.

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He has recently published two books of poetry, Feelings of And (Black Square Editions, 2022) and Water from Another Source (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023).

Paul Mogensen, Painting: 1965-2022

March 3-April 22

188 & 172 East 2nd Street

Image: Paul Mogensen, no title, 1973, Cadmium red deep oil and oil on canvas

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