Psychic Incantation II, 2015 | Courtesy Mathew
“New Paintings / Neue Bilder” is a new body of work by Richard Phillips. The exhibition follows “Conversations,” shown at Mathew NYC earlier this year, in which the abstractions of Christopher Wool and Albert Oehlen were overlaid on commercially derived imagery. Phillips’s new paintings bring the conversation back to Berlin, engaging one of Germany’s most renowned painters: Gerhard Richter.
Using the pastiche of process-based abstraction and its antonym, hyper-realism, Phillips’ new works attempt to revive the impact of both, and return these canonized styles to a place where the mechanisms of their immanent value systems can be examined under the laboratory conditions of the gallery.