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Josette Urso

Post #1523 • February 22, 2012, 8:52 AM • 2 Comments

[Image: Josette Urso, Blue Cloud, 2012, oil on panel, 30 x 24 inches]

Josette Urso, Blue Cloud, 2012, oil on panel, 30 x 24 inches

While putting together my New York itinerary this morning, I realized, to my delight, that I was going to be in town for the last day of Josette Urso's two-person show at the New York Institute of Technology along with Joan Grubin. [Update 10:56: Josette just informed me that the show has been extended through March 17. The gallery website will reflect the change soon.] I have been admiring her work in reproduction for a couple of years. It will be nice to get to see it in person. Images appear courtesy of the artist.

[Image: Josette Urso, Button Up, 2012, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches]

Josette Urso, Button Up, 2012, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Coyote, 2012, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches]

Josette Urso, Coyote, 2012, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Crest, 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches]

Josette Urso, Crest, 2012, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Snow Here/Snow There, 2011, oil on panel, 30 x 24 inches]

Josette Urso, Snow Here/Snow There, 2011, oil on panel, 30 x 24 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Snow Through, 2011, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches]

Josette Urso, Snow Through, 2011, oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Snow Throw, 2011, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches]

Josette Urso, Snow Throw, 2011, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Terrazzo, 2012, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches]

Josette Urso, Terrazzo, 2012, oil on panel, 16 x 20 inches

[Image: Josette Urso, Snow Knit, 2011, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches]

Josette Urso, Snow Knit, 2011, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches

Comment

1.

Walter Darby Bannard

February 22, 2012, 12:03 PM

These are nice, and a type specimen of a lot of abstraction I have seen lately, along with a very different type of high-contrast bright-color hard-edge work.

They would benefit from simplification, more value contrast, more definition, and a generally more forceful approach to the surface, as in "Terrazzo". Subtlety in paintings is fine but it is a tough mix with pictorial complexity and varied paint handling.

2.

Bascha Mon

February 26, 2012, 9:17 PM

Thank you for posting Josette's work. I have admired it for a long time. These oil paintings are a bit different than other collage work and they are very beautiful. Bannard is a smart artist, but I do not agree with him. The subtlety and the linear complexity do just fine even without the high contrast.

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