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Ron Gorchov: Sharón Zoldan’s Art Basel Miami Beach Highlights

Ron Gorchov
Life, 1974
Oil on canvas
85 x 75 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches (216 x 192 x 44 cm)
© 2023 Estate of Ron Gorchov / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Argenis Apolinario; Courtesy Vito Schnabel Gallery

It was exciting to see an entire booth devoted to the late Ron Gorchov, an undervalued artist associated with the likes of Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Tuttle, and others who sought to expand painting beyond the traditionally square format of the medium. Surrounded by the mini-survey of his shield-like shapes, viewers could take in the hand-formed concave canvases, in addition to their painterly surfaces, marked by biomorphic-shaped interruptions in the color field. Gorchov’s canvases, at first glance, appear to be entirely abstract, but often they reference the curves and torsos of the very first Greek sculptures, the kouroi (sculptures of standing male youths) and korai (female youths). The large-scale white painting at center stole the show.