January 9th - February 24th 2018
Allan Stone Projects, 535 West 22nd St, NYC


The exhibition features paintings and works on paper from the early part of Deem's career in the 1960s which spanned over forty years. Deem focused on image making and the nature of what constitutes an image.

As an early postmodern artist, George Deem (1932-2008) examined art as a construct and challenged art historical authority. Best known for reinterpreting iconic paintings by artists such as Courbet, Goya, Corot and Vermeer, Deem also produced a large body of paintings and works on paper that present text as subject matter. These calligraphic blocks of writing are tightly composed and purposefully painted. Although the style of script suggests a copy of a historical document or an important letter, the writing is in fact indecipherable. The illegible texts are scribbled, blocked or blurred, concealing their meaning as a way to draw attention to the immeasurable meaning of art.


Images Courtesy of
Allan Stone Projects
© George Deem