David Row | Shape of Things Catalog
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The Shape of Things is the first major exhibition of painter and master printmaker David Row’s work in his home state. Born in Portland, in 1949, Row is a multi-generational Mainer. His father’s family settled in Perry, a small town in Washington County near the Canadian border, in the early 19th century. Row visited the family homestead many times as a child and thought of it “as the wildest place I’d ever seen.”
The 96-page, fully illustrated, hardcover catalog features a forward by exhibition curator Suzette McAvoy, and essays by Ken Greenleaf and Karen Wilkin.
Row received his BA in 1972 and MFA in 1974 from the Yale School of Art, where he studied with Al Held, Lester Johnson, and David von Schlegell. Moving to New York during the mid-1970s, he has pursued a trajectory of abstraction that begins with Brancusi and acknowledges predecessors such as Kenneth Noland, Ellsworth Kelly, and Dorothea Rockburne, while avoiding ideological traps. “Pitting one abstract element against another suggests permanent restlessness,” writes Peter Malone of Row’s work in Artcritical. “The search itself seems to be the point.”
David Row has lectured and taught at numerous institutions including Cooper Union, Rhode Island School of Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Fordham University, and currently at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work has been featured in more than 40 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group shows worldwide, and are included in the permanent collections of many museums including, The Brooklyn Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Portland Museum of Art, the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas, the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, among others. He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant in Painting and the Isaac N. Maynard Prize for Painting, from the National Academy Museum.