BERNARD FRIZE (French, b. 1941)
    Roxy, 2000
    Acrylic and resin on canvas
    86 x 71 inches (218.4 x 180.3 cm)
    Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

    Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, February 2002

    Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York, 2003

    Exh. Cat. Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Bernard Frize - L'Aplat, 2003, no. 23, p. 57 (illustrated in color)

    French-born painter Bernard Frize is a process-driven formalist, in the Greenbergian sense, who states quite forcefully that his art is about painting itself, and not a vehicle for expressing feelings or recreating fragments of reality. He conceives of himself as a laborer, or craftsman, who produces paintings. His interest as a painter is in the paint, the tools, and the application of the paint on the canvas, in forms and patterns that interest him. His is an industrial approach, often relying upon assistants to help in the execution of the works. In creating Roxy, where the paint strokes resemble a complex braid of colors, a glossy layer of resin is applied to the support so that the strokes meld and blur, an effect that makes the handmade quality less obvious and the painting more detached in its effect.

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    Minor abrasion on the lower right corner; light linear scratch on the lower right corner; faint half circle scratch starting at the lower left edge continuing to lower middle edge; another faint scratch above; faint linear scratch on the upper right edge; light abrasions on the extreme edges.

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