布鲁斯·佩恩 (Bruce Payne)，
纽约唐纳德和雪莉基金会 (Donald and Shelly Foundation, NYC)主管;
Statement by Bruce Payne, Director of the Donald and Shelly Foundation, NYC, NY；former professor of ethics, Duke University.
The paintings by the Chinese painter Hongtao display exuberant and colorful work. The man has great gifts. His paintings dazzle, impact strongly and feature immediate power. Abstracted from any content, these works make a case for a kind of pure painting. There are lots of suggestions of landscapes, but on closer view, the suggestions of biological forms are very much paint: bubbles, marbling, moments in a very liquid process, a process which is also interesting in its own right.
There is an unrestrained quality to Hongtao's paintings. If one thinks of similarly exuberant works from an earlier time - the very painterly abstractions of Kandinsky around 1910, for example - Hongtao's work seems to have less in the way of underlying tension, less by way of durably involving interactions among the parts.
Comparisons with the abstract expressionists would indicate something of the same reaction. Pollock's insistence on the drips in the all-over paintings demand something of us; so do the interrelationships of the colors and shapes of Hofmann's paintings.
Some of what Hongtao is doing with paint is like what Richter does in his big, colorful paintings. But Richter keeps changing, and almost every painting has as much in it to push the viewer away as to draw the viewer in. It would be interesting to see Hongtao's paintings up extremely close and possibly discover that the pleasures they offer are more complex than seen from a distance.
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