Jonathan Griffin

Criticism and essays on art and culture

Tag: Liam Everett

Rebecca Morris and Peter Bradley

Rebecca Morris, “Untitled (#09-05)” (2005) Courtesy: Bortolami, New York; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

“Art should be about nothing,” my friend, the abstract painter Liam Everett told me recently. “It should be an encounter with a U.F.O., an unknown object you have to work out how to come to terms with.”

It’s a provocative, hard-line position, one more fitted to an artist than a critic. But given art’s recent turn toward the figurative, the literal, and the narrative, I too often find myself hankering for art that doesn’t try to tell me things. What the critic Peter Schjeldahl, writing on Piet Mondrian, recently termed “obdurate mystery.”

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Liam Everett


Liam Everett’s art stands, first and foremost, as testament to the processes of its making. In spite of their rich optical pleasures, his art works claim a solemn dignity as battered survivors of previous punishments. It is fun to imagine just what these wild, intense forces might have entailed. Read the rest of this entry »