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Walter Price, A breeze filled with determination wafted towards us, 2018

Walter Price

A breeze filled with determination wafted towards us, 2018

Acrylic and flashe on canvas

78 1/2 x 133 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (199.4 x 339.1 x 3.2 cm)

Walter Price, 1 for Mayhem 2 for Mischief, 2020

Walter Price

1 for Mayhem 2 for Mischief, 2020

Acrylic on wood

32 x 47 inches (81.3 x 119.4 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Graceful Strut, 2019

Walter Price

Graceful Strut, 2019

Acrylic and flashe on canvas

80 x 81 x 1 1/2 inches (203.2 x 205.7 x 3.8 cm)

Walter Price, Its not if you see color, its how you treat color, 2019

Walter Price

Its not if you see color, its how you treat color, 2019

Acrylic, gesso, and flashe on canvas

73 x 78 1/2 inches (185.4 x 199.4 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price An activity of the spirit, 2018-19

Walter Price
An activity of the spirit, 2018-19
Acrylic on wood
18 x 24 x 1 inches (45.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm)

Walter Price A tear in the static of everyday life, 2019

Walter Price
A tear in the static of everyday life, 2019
Acrylic and encaustic on wood
18 x 24 x 1 inches (45.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm)

Walter Price, Armoring the mind, 2020

Walter Price

Armoring the mind, 2020

Acrylic on wood

8 x 6 inches (20.3 x 15.2 cm)

Walter Price, You wouldn’t expect something so transparent to block the heat so well, 2018

Walter Price

You wouldn’t expect something so transparent to block the heat so well, 2018

Acrylic and glitter on canvas

86 1/4 x 79 x 1 1/4 inches (219.1 x 200.7 x 3.2 cm)

Walter Price Allegory of the cave theory, 2019-2020

Walter Price
Allegory of the cave theory, 2019-2020
Acrylic, graphite, photo collage, gesso, pva adhesive on wood
18 x 24 x 1 inches (45.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, As if you’ve swallowed the sun and moon, 2018

Walter Price

As if you’ve swallowed the sun and moon, 2018

Acrylic and glitter on canvas

88 1/2 x 67 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (224.8 x 171.5 x 3.2 cm)

Walter Price, Psychological acceleration, 2018

Walter Price

Psychological acceleration, 2018

Acrylic and flashe on canvas

79 1/4 x 103 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches (201.3 x 263.5 x 3.2 cm)

Walter Price, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York

Walter Price, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York

Walter Price, For there’s a Will there’s a Way!, 2017

Walter Price

For there’s a Will there’s a Way!, 2017

Acrylic on wood

16 x 20 x 1 inches (40.6 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm)

Walter Price, Sensory information from the world, 2019

Walter Price

Sensory information from the world, 2019

Acrylic, glitter, and clear gesso on canvas

30 x 30 x 1 1/2 inches (76.2 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, “Be a fireman, we live in the heat, we train in the heat! We control the heat!!”, 2018

Walter Price

“Be a fireman, we live in the heat, we train in the heat! We control the heat!!”, 2018
Acrylic, staples, and masking tape on wood
16 x 20 x 1 inches (40.6 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm)

Walter Price, It has to rain before you can see where all the leaks are at, 2019

Walter Price

It has to rain before you can see where all the leaks are at, 2019

Acrylic and vinyl on wood

24 x 36 x 2 inches (61 x 91.4 x 5.1 cm)

Walter Price, The fate of the animals, 2019

Walter Price

The fate of the animals, 2019

Acrylic on wood

18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Its the fire that holds our attention, 2018

Walter Price

Its the fire that holds our attention, 2018

Acrylic, flashe, and glitter on canvas

67 1/2 x 64 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (171.5 x 163.8 x 3.2 cm)

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price, Installation view, Pearl Lines, Greene Naftali, New York, 2020

Walter Price Untitled, 2018

Walter Price
Untitled, 2018
Transparent yellow tape, colored pencil and graphite on paper
Ten Frame: 18 3/4 x 15 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (47.6 x 38.7 x 3.5 cm)

Walter Price, Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Walter Price, Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Walter Price, Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Walter Price, Untitled, 2018 (detail)

Walter Price Atliens 1-6, 2019

Walter Price
Atliens 1-6, 2019
Colored pencil, graphite and collage on paper
Six Frames: 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches (39.4 x 29.2 x 3.5 cm) each

Walter Price, Atliens 1-6, 2019 (detail)

Walter Price, Atliens 1-6, 2019 (detail)

Walter Price, Atliens 1-6, 2019 (detail)

Walter Price, Atliens 1-6, 2019 (detail)

Press Release

Walter Price

Pearl Lines

September 11 – October 31, 2020

Ground Floor

 

Its the fire that holds our attention
Its not if you see color, its how you treat color
Armoring the mind
“Be a fireman, we live in the heat, we train in the heat! We control the heat!!”
1 for Mayhem 2 for Mischief
Sensory information from the world
For there’s a Will there’s a Way!
A breeze filled with determination wafted towards us
It has to rain before you can see where all the leaks are at
The fate of the animals
Graceful Strut
An activity of the spirit
A tear in the static of everyday life
You wouldn’t expect something so transparent to block the heat so well
Allegory of the cave theory
As if you’ve swallowed the sun and moon
Psychological acceleration

 

Greene Naftali is pleased to present Walter Price’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery, Pearl Lines, which brings together bodies of work from the past three years. Price's paintings and drawings tread the line between figuration and abstraction, grounded in a visual vocabulary informed by both personal and shared experience. Fusing a wide range of references that simultaneously signal individual identities and trans-cultural realities of the human condition, as well as a deep understanding of Art’s history, Price’s work presents an intense investigation of the limits and possibilities of (visual) knowledge. Partially realized objects and figures emerge from bustling negative space and bisecting planes of color, playing with specificity and narrative. A freedom of materials echoes this synthesis of the familiar and the out-of-place, while a continuously shifting gaze, with untold agents and objects, pressures the act of looking. Formal and figurative elements vie for one’s attention; a viewing experience that oscillates between recognition and confusion, knowing and not-knowing.

 

The title Pearl Lines celebrates drawing as the foundation of Price’s practice. “Pearl” offers beauty, but, here, beauty is rooted in the word itself, in language and utterance, activity and repetition, not in the object to which it may refer. “Everything starts with a line,” Price says. His command of and experimentation with line and composition are seen across the works on view in two galleries dedicated to drawings. Price expands the mark-making possibilities of colored pencil, graphite, marker, and oil pastel in constantly varying gestures paired with collage––pages from books and magazines, torn pieces of paper, packing tape, commercial stickers––and appropriated printmaking methods. The fluidity and freedom Price practices in his drawings are the premise for his approach to painting, a selection of which are on view in the main gallery space.

 

The accompanying catalogue reproduces a group of the drawings on view, taken from the artist’s portfolio from his 2019 residency at the Fürstenberg Contemporary held at the Heiligenberg Castle. In collaboration with Marco Barrera, Price has also produced a limited-edition zine titled The Illusion of Transparency.

 

A new essay on Price’s work, titled “The Fluid Part,” by art historian Darby English is available to read and download on the gallery website. For more information please visit: https://www.greenenaftaligallery.com/exhibitions/walter-price/texts

 

Walter Price (b. 1989, Macon, Georgia) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2019); MoMA PS1, New York (2018); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2018); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2018); and Karma, New York (2016). Recent group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, curated by Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2019); FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland (2018); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); and LUMA Foundation, Zurich (2017). His work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

 

Texts

"The Fluid Part"

By Darby English
2020
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