Select Works by Jonathan Lasker
Jonathan Lasker is an American abstract painter whose work has played an integral role in the development of Postmodern Painting. Laskers’s bold paintings are enlargements of abstract compositions from small sketches.
An excerpt from “Co-Conspirators: Artist and Collector”
By Sue Scott
Jim met Jonathan Lasker more than a decade ago, when Lasker had his first opening at Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York. Though Jim and Joe are friendly with many artists, they also have close relationships with dealers such as David Leiber, a partner at Sperone Westwater, who introduced them to Lasker. Though Jim did not initially respond to the work, he came to appreciate the tactile quality of Lasker’s paint application and purchased Improved Expressions (1991), from this first show. Later, he bought Symbolic Farming (2001), a painting he was attracted to not only for its beautiful surfaces and abstract markings, but also because it conjured up memories of his childhood in the farmland of West Virginia. (This sense of association triggered through memory or conceptual connection is another important but less obvious component of Jim and Joe’s selection process. For instance, At the Drive-In (ca. 1955), by O. Winston Link, is a photograph of a drive-in Jim frequented as a teenager in West Virginia.)
“I have a body of work that spans about 25 years,” Lasker says, “and I do like it if people collect from different periods. It shows an engagement and dialogue with the work. I like what Jim and Joe collect. They have a strong sensibility, particularly in regard to painting. It helps if your work hangs with other artists who you feel an engagement with. It means there is a sensitivity.”
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