Articles of ‘Paul Laster’

Johan Wahlstrom: Distorted Happiness

Johan Wahlstrom: Distorted Happiness

George Bergès Gallery - New York
By Paul Laster
A rock musician turned artist, Johan Wahlstrom makes energetic paintings that blur the boundary between abstraction and figuration. Taking one of his own 2015 paintings of crowds of people seen from the performance stage as the point of departure, his solo show “Distorted Happiness” at George [...]



From ZERO to Now. An Interview with Heinz Mack

From ZERO to Now. An Interview with Heinz Mack

One of the co-founders of the influential ZERO group, Heinz Mack was already making avant-garde art when he and Otto Piene organized the first ZERO art show in 1957. Born in Germany in 1931, Mack attended the art academy in Düsseldorf in the 1950s and also earned a degree in philosophy from the [...]



Blind Vision

Blind Vision

Istituto Paolo Colosimo - Naples, Italy
Curated by Raisa Clavijo
By Paul Laster
Presenting a visual display in an educational center for the blind and visually impaired seems like a bit of a paradox, but that’s exactly what Annalaura di Luggo chose to do when she staged her exhibition “Blind Vision” at the Instituto Statale D’Istruzione [...]



A Visual Essay on Gutai

A Visual Essay on Gutai

Hauser & Wirth - New York
Curated by Midori Nishizawa
By Paul Laster
An avant-garde art movement that developed in postwar Japan, Gutai was founded by Jiro Yoshihara and a group of young artists from Osaka and Kobe in 1954. A self-taught artist and son of a wealthy Osaka merchant, Yoshihara called for a style of “art that [...]