In Artforum, Lloyd Wise discusses the exhibit of works by Jonathan Lasker. “Born Yesterday: Drawing into Painting, 1987–2020” marked the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York in more than five years.
Lasker believes wholeheartedly in painting, yet he is clear-eyed about what it can mean today. The dense fields of scribbles in some of Lasker’s art nod toward the diaphanous veils of Morris Louis, but rather than elevate or transport us, the expanse of unnatural color invokes the “base” and deadening atmospheres of the capitalist metropolis.
Lasker’s work is discussed several times in the book Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques .