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Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque


Image 1 / 3: Paul Laffoley. MIND-BODY ALPHA.

Image 2 / 3: Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque. (installation view).

Image 3 / 3: Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque. (installation view).

For more than 40 years, Paul Laffoley’s work has consistently defied art historical categorization and has systematically engaged a broad swath of disciplines, including art history, architecture, classical literature, science fiction, and natural and occult sciences to consider, analyze and propose alternative ways to understand and rethink the complex world that surrounds us.

Laffoley’s work uniquely combines imagery, colors, diagrams, symbols, and texts to create densely layered paintings that take anywhere from one to three years to paint and code. His earliest works referenced eastern mandalas in form and also borrow from that model of contemplation and spiritual examination. His sustained and intense focus on both image and content has given way to a unique and complex body of work that combines theory and encrypted knowledge with visionary representation.

Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque presents a comprehensive and focused selection of works that spans Laffoley’s career and includes the artist’s earliest mature work from 1965 to his most recent ideas, meditations, and theoretical explorations.

This exhibition is curated by Luis Croquer, Deputy Director of Art and Education and is generously supported by The Barton Family Foundation in memory of Irving Marcus; Cathy and Michael Casteel; the Jon and Mary Shirley Foundation; William and Ruth True; and the Bagley and Virginia Wright Fund.
Featured artists: Paul Laffoley
Image 1: Paul Laffoley. MIND-BODY ALPHA. 1989. Oil, acrylic, and vinyl lettering on canvas. Private Collection. Courtesy of Kent Fine Art, New York.
Image 2: Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque. (installation view). 2013. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez
Image 3: Paul Laffoley: Premonitions of the Bauharoque. (installation view). 2013. Henry Art Gallery. Photo credit: R.J. Sanchez