Plain Black: Abstract Paintings by Clare Rojas
This volume surveys the abstractions of much-admired San Francisco painter Clare Rojas (b. 1976).
Known for her association with a generation of artists that became internationally prominent through the exhibition Beautiful Losers, Rojas in her earlier paintings drew from various Russian and Eastern European folkloric subjects. While the figures have been removed from this body of work featured here, it is not hard to see their enduring impact on Rojas’ art; with their lively angularity and bold chromaticism, these paintings are equally evocative of folk art and the formalist reductions of key modernist abstract artists, such as Alexander Calder, Matisse, Malevich, and Ellsworth Kelly.
Accompanying the works are an essay by curator and Deputy Director of the Jewish Museum Jens Hoffmann and a poem by David Whyte.
Published by Kavi Gupta, 2016, clothbound hardcover, 208 pages, 12 x 11 inches.