Alex Kanevsky

Alex Kanevsky: Short Focus Paintings

"Emile Zola said that a work of art is nature viewed through a temperament. One never forget on is looking at a painted surface in the art of Alex Kanevsky. The creation of frenetic impasto, the cropping of the work, and its idiosyncratic viewpoint, is a middle reality—his reality, his temperament. The first reality is what in life motivated Kanevsky in the first place. The second reality is the solidity of an object or the fleeting motion within a photograph. The third and final reality is what we bring to the work in our life experience and curiosity and what, after viewing, we take away in our thoughts and emotions."
—Robert Flynn Johnson

Alex Kanevsky was born in 1963 in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Pew Fellowship for painting in 1997 and, most recently, a residency at the Lux Art Institute in San Diego. In addition to exhibiting across North America and Europe, his art can be found in the permanent collection of the Achenbach Collection, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts. He has been reviewed inArt in America, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles TimesThe New York Observer, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2011, his painting “Big Head” was included in the Dolby Chadwick exhibition HEADS, curated by Peter Selz.

This catalogue was published on the occasion of Kanevsky’s exhibition, Short Focus Paintings, October 2–November 1, 2003. It features an essay by Robert Flynn Johnson, former Curator in Charge Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

14 pages. 13 color plates. Softcover. 2003.
ISBN:978-0-9884249-1-3

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