Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?
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Why So Many New Abstract Paintings Look the Same

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Six Different Artists Made These Paintings

Photo: Courtesy of Peres Projects, Berlin (Gabin); Courtesy of the Artist and Patricia Low Gallery (Bauer); Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Smith); Courtesy of Artist and Kavi Gupta Chicago, Berlin (Otero); Courtesy of Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (Sneider); Courtesy of the Artist and Maccarone, New York (Keyser)

Top row, from left: All You Hear Is Beads Rattling (2012), by Leo Gabin; Untitled #0904 (2009), by John Bauer; Untitled (JS06198) (2006), by Josh Smith. Bottom row: ST-AA (Transfer Series) (2013), by Angel Otero; Big Squid Ink (2014), by Jamie Sneider; I (2011), by Rosy Keyser.

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A Painting Can be Neutral Beige ...

Photo: Courtesy of the Approach, London (Appel); Courtesy of Peres Projects, Berlin (Ostrowski); Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Jensen); Courtesy of the Artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York (Lyall); Courtesy of the Artist and Kavi Gupta Chicago, Berlin (Krone); Courtesy of Still House Group (Darmstaedter)

Top row, from left: Plastic Sheeting (2012), by Helene Appel; F (A Thing Is a Thing in a Whole Which It’s Not) (2012), by David Ostrowski; Untitled (2005), by Sergej Jensen. Bottom row: Untitled (Indiscretion 2) (2013), by Scott Lyall; Waterhome Screen AQ  (2013), by James Krone; Graphite Girlfriend (2012), by Nick Darmstaedter.

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Or Have a Slight Even Texture ...

Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Flodd, Lund, Murillo); Courtesy of the Artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (Heikes); Courtesy of the Artist and Maccarone, New York (Sullivan)

Top row, from left: Pleasure Island (2009), by Mark Flood; Untitled (2013), by Israel Lund; The Agony and the Ecstasy (2012), by Parker Ito. Bottom row: Magnum Opus (2013), by Jay Heikes; Untitled (2010), by Oscar Murillo; June 3, 2012 ­– June 22, 2012 (2012), by Ryan Sullivan.

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Or Silver Paint ...

Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Kavi Gupta Chicago, Berlin (Gurkovska); Courtesy of Standard Oslo (Einarsson); Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Hydlen); Christie’s Images Ltd, 2014 (Eisner); Courtesy of the Artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (Bradley); Courtesy of the Artist and Petzel, New York (Von Heyl)

Top row, from left: Untitled (The Skin I Live In) 12 (2013), by Antonia Gurkovska; Stainless Steel (Fine) XIII (2011), by Gardar Eide Einarsson; Untitled (2011), by Nathan Hylden. Bottom row: Marshall Head (Void) (2012), by Louis Eisner; Colossal Head (2007), by Joe Bradley; Blue Eye (2008), by Charline von Heyl.

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Or Fine Stripes, or Fine Dots ...

Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Vena, Scott-Douglas, Moyer, Colen, Smith); Christie’s Images Ltd, 2014 (Quayman)

Top row, from left: Untitled (2010), by Ned Vena; Untitled (2011), by Hugh Scott-Douglas; Spine, Chapter 20 (Silberkuppe) (2010), by R.H. Quaytman. Bottom row: Bleach Bum (2011), by Sam Moyer; To Be Titled (2011), by Dan Colen; The Lady Eve (2012), by Lucien Smith.

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Or a Nearly Monochrome Field.

Photo: Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (Amm); Robert Wedemeyer/Courtesy of the Artist and Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (Driesen); Courtesy of Phillips Auctioneers LLC (Falls, Auerbach); Courtesy of Raebervon Stenglin (Keating)

Top row, from left: Untitled (2010), by Markus Amm; Untitled (2013), by Stef Driesen; Roll Fades (2012), by Sam Falls. Bottom row: Untitled (Fold) (2011), by Tauba Auerbach; Untitled (2013), by David Keating.

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