Semi-Fictions: Recent Painting by Julian Montague

12 JANUARY - 15 FEBRUARY 2019

Anna Kaplan Contemporary is pleased to announce the first show of 2019— Semi-Fictions: Recent Painting by Julian Montague. Semi-Fictions opens on Saturday, January 12th with a reception 6-9pm and remain on view through February 15, 2019. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Friday 11am – 3pm, or Saturday – Tuesday by appointment (contact Anna at 716-604-6183, or by email at anna@annakaplancontemporary.art). This show also coincides with the unveiling of a new permanent mural by Montague on the interior hallway, just outside of the gallery space at 1250 Niagara St, Buffalo— painted geometry that shares an aesthetic with the recent body of work on view on the interior and serves to define the physical space of Anna Kaplan Contemporary.

The body of work included in Semi-Fictions, a new series of acrylic paintings on canvas, grew out of a project that was on view at Anna Kaplan Contemporary in the Fall of 2017. “Fictions” was an exhibition that centered on Montague’s conceptual faux books, posters and other ephemera, which have been a large part of his art practice for the last several years. The show included over 100 posters and other printed materials related to a fictional 1970s art institution Montague has named “The Thorold Gallery.” The posters in the series depict a wide range of artists, artwork, exhibitions, and performances and in the process of creating the imagery, Montague worked with several different media, including painting. 

yellow and black geometric abstraction
black and white geometric abstraction with a little of blue
Acrylic painting, large black vessel-like form with a small sliver of pink at the base
blue, green, black geometric abstraction
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Montague has used the medium of painting in the past, in his “Features” series, for example, which are acrylic paintings on MDF and depict a selection of geological features and events that shape the physical landscape of the earth paired with text identifying the image. The paintings included in Semi-Fictions are pure geometric abstractions— bold, simple, compositions that no longer reference anything in reality. Montague has taken a cue from the hard-edged painters of the 1960s, while his palette often recalls two of the pioneers of geometric abstraction, Piet Mondrian and Kasimir Malevich. At the same time, Montague’s forms feel contemporary as ever and are very much in line with his graphic aesthetic.

Artists in This Exhibition: