Thursday, 18 June 2009


Kanevsky's paintings impress because they address problems of representation and reference art history in engaging ways. They're rigorous but not overly intellectual, intimate without being sappy, honest yet kind. They reinvigorate painting without feeling either trendy or old-fashioned. Contemporary artist Alex Kanevsky takes a different approach. His work revisits the original tension between painting and photography. His nudes and landscapes (classic painterly subjects) -- as seen in the exhibition "Instances of Stillness" -- flirt with the immediacy of photos yet assert their identity as thoughtfully crafted art objects. They remind us that looking isn't just an idle pastime, but also a constructive, evolving activity.

After he earned his degree in mathematics at Lithuania 's Vilnius University , Mr. Kanevsky attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he completed the certificate program and was awarded the Cresson Memorial Travel Fellowship. Mr. Kanevsky has visited Vermont Studio Center as a resident artist. His paintings have been the subject of one-person exhibits at Philadelphia 's Rosenfeld Gallery and Merimack College in Andover , Massachusetts and Mr. Kanevsky has participated in groups shows at Philadelphia Art Alliance, Nexus Foundation for Today's Art, and the Mulligan-Shanoski Gallery in San Francisco .(GDB)

Thanks to Armel Jullien

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