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Eileen Kinsella, November 11, 2016

“Paths to the Absolute” at Di Donna Galleries
Location: 744 Madison Avenue

This is the opening reception for the inaugural show at Emmanuel Di Donna’s beautiful new space on Madison Avenue (he was previously in the Carlyle). The show traces developments in European and American abstract painting through skillfully curated side-by-side presentations of masters including Wassily Kandinsky, Kazemir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still.

The title pays tribute to art historian John Golding’s seminal book of the same name, in which he explored the social, political, and personal angles of abstraction, while also providing art historical context. Di Donna, who became familiar with Golding’s writing while pursuing a master’s degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, explains that “it has always been a dream of mine to see works by these artists together in a room, showing how the language of abstraction has many different, equally inspiring voices.”