Latest Love: Stanford Kay

Anthology, 2006, Acrylic on canvas

Stanford Kay‘s Gutenberg Variations depict collections of books, balanced in columnar stacks and strewn across towering shelves, captured in beautifully comibined strokes of color. Kay presents the stacked volumes as kindred to paintings, both “depositories of ideas”:

The books we read and the paintings we live with, define and reveal us. Just as a book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas out of its signs and symbols, the viewer of a painting is asked to translate the strokes and drips into reason and emotion.

I am especially smitten with Kay’s compositions and palettes from the Gutenberg Variations 2003-2005, and 2006-2008.

Well Read No. 2, Acrylic on canvas

The History of Blue, 2003, Acrylic on canvas

What I Know About Her, 2003, Acrylic on canvas

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