New York

James Siena


Jan 11–Feb 9, 2019

Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of all new paintings by James Siena.

Exhibition Details

James Siena
Jan 11 – Feb 9, 2019


537 West 24th Street
New York
Tues – Sat, 10 AM – 6 PM


James Siena, Tnonde, 2017-18, acrylic on canvas, 90-1/2" × 70-1/4" (229.9 cm × 178.4 cm) © James Siena

The scale and medium of the new paintings mark a significant departure from Siena’s more intimate and intricate enamel on aluminum paintings, which the artist has been known for since the 1990s. The use of acrylic paint and stretched canvas as the support have introduced new levels of painterliness, physicality, and immediacy to his practice. Drawing together approximately 10 paintings ranging in size from 36” x 48” to 70” x 90”, the new pieces have evolved away from the object-ness quality of Siena’s earlier work yet maintain a consistency with his long-held focus on personal geometries and rule-based abstraction.


James Siena, Hexscilloid, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 75" × 60-1/4" (190.5 cm × 153 cm) © James Siena

Best known for his unique process of creating complexly dense geometric abstractions, Siena’s practice is driven by predetermined, self-imposed sets of rules or “visual algorithms”. Since the 1990s, Siena’s use of enamel sign painting on aluminum supports has fostered a powerful precision and stark vibrancy within his work. The current exhibition reveals the artist breaking beyond those boundaries and exploring a parallel world of possibility, invention and clarity.


James Siena

James Siena is a New York based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or “visual algorithms,” which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly-colored, freehand geometric patterns. Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting.

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New York — James Siena, Painting, Jan 11–Feb 9, 2019