As of late I've been pleasantly surprised that galleries have pivoted away from Zombie Formalism and resurrected 1980s Neo-Expressionism in a more abstract manner. Think of a David Salle of today, which is exactly what Skarstedt Gallery had in mind with "Nice Weather," an exhibition ironically enough curated by Salle and featuring two of his works at both the Chelsea and Upper East Side locations. The exhibition title, "Nice Weather," is taken from a Frederick Seidel book of poetry. Seidel's somewhat dissonant poetry that questions the human condition and involves the poet's longing to leave this harsh reality and seek the ideal world recalls Mallarmé and a version of Dante's "Inferno" in reverse, moving from heaven to Earth.
The theme of "Nice Weather" can loosely be described as mostly two-dimensional art that bridges abstraction and figuration. In the 80s, when "painting was dead" Salle and a number of other artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Eric Fischl, resurrected the figurative in oil painting from the chasm it was found in after Abstract Expressionism had reigned supreme.