New York’s Peter Blum Gallery play host to a new exhibition from artist David Reed. Opening 13th January, not only is the show the first for David Reed at Peter Blum, but also the first showing the artists working drawings and and colour studies, its a rare chance to see a unique collection of works for the artist known for his abstract paintings. Showcasing over 60 new works, each an insight into the creative thought of the artist.


“The color studies display Reed’s experiments with color, light, and form. Works such as Color Study #27 exhibit his signature winding, wrapping, rhythmic ribbon-like shapes, and lay the groundwork for the paintings. While the working drawings, ultimately, provide a kind of diary of the artist and each painting, recording Reed’s deliberations and struggles with the work over days, or even years. For example, in Working Drawing #295-3 Reed writes, “3/19 Thought at first that this would work – no longer sure.” Likewise, they contain a biographic and personal element, chronicling events in Reed’s life, from studio visits to protests occurring outside his window. Made on grid paper, the working drawings possess the qualities of an architectural drawing with schematics outlining compositions and dimensions, or a scientific journal with detailed notes on decisions made regarding color. Just as Reed turns his paintings as he works, he turns the drawings, resulting in writing that is at times upside down or sideways.”


David Reed has exhibited extensively internationally. His work was included in the 1975 and 1989 Whitney Biennial Exhibitions, while recent group exhibitions include Sammlung Reloaded at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, and Das Kapital. Blue Chips and Masterpieces at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Solo exhibitions include David Reed – You Look Good in Blue, at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and Kunstverein Hannover; David Reed Paintings: Motion Pictures at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, which traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

Peter Blum(Soho)
99 Wooster Street, 212-343-0441
January 13 – March 6, 2010
Opening: Wednesday, January 13, 6 – 8 PM – March 6 2010