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Guy Yanai

MILES MCENERY GALLERY is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Guy Yanai. The exhibition will be on view 5 September through 5 October. It is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Dr. Ara H. Merjian.

Guy Yanai strips his subjects down to geometric necessity and builds them back up again in oil paint, establishing a tension on his canvases between the spatially flat and the physically multidimensional. A combination of diagrammatic delineation of form and vivid color, Yanai’s paintings are an optical delight.

Yanai accomplishes this willful distillation of his subjects by painting obsessively in tight chromatic strips. While from afar the individual brushstrokes fade into the larger landscape, up close one can notice the stops and starts of each metered stroke. This synthesis speaks to Yanai’s desire for his works “to have such tension that if you take out one brushstroke, the painting will collapse.” The smoothness and uniformity of his taut oil bands offer a linear precision that can only be accomplished by the most disciplined draftsman.

While Yanai harkens back to modernist masters such as Matisse and Cézanne, his compositions are pixelated in a manner that is fundamentally contemporary. The collection of short and disconnected brushstrokes merge in the viewer’s eye to create a fully realized image. Yanai’s paintings experiment with the digital in contemporary art. “As beholden to the virtual imagery of the internet as to the history of modernism,” Ara H. Merjian writes in his essay, Élan Vital, “Yanai’s work proves beguilingly complex despite – or rather, precisely in – its congenial simplicity.”

Often revisiting the same subject, he paints from memory – of a place, of a moment, of a feeling. Just as recollections brighten and fade in the mind over time, Yanai recalls his own inspirations and recreates them in different ways as they evolve. What results is a proliferation of works that demonstrate Yanai’s rich meditation on his experiences. Whether an open window or an ocean view, Yanai’s nostalgic passion has a lasting impact on its viewer.

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Date

Sep 05 - Oct 05, 2019

Contact

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Photos

Installation view of Guy Yanai

Miles McEnery Gallery, New York (520 W 21st St)

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Installation view of Guy Yanai

Miles McEnery Gallery, New York (520 W 21st St)

Artworks

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Almine Rech Courtyard

Charlotte

Gilboa St Living Room

Lake Annecy

Lisbon Plant

Rayol

Reina Sofia Calder

Room in Salina

Sailboat

Guy Yanai > <

Almine Rech Courtyard

Charlotte

Gilboa St Living Room

Lake Annecy

Lisbon Plant

Rayol

Reina Sofia Calder

Room in Salina

Sailboat

Artists