Tableau — Artforum, March 2018 by Eithne Jordan

Since abandoning the energetic, expressionist style that characterized her early work—cultivated while studying in the mid-1980s in Berlin at what was then the Hochschule der Künste—the Irish painter Eithne Jordan has prioritized contemplative stillness and calculated under-statement.

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Subject, Painting by Eithne Jordan

When the Abstract Expressionists wanted to create a school, they called it The Subjects of the Artist. It was there that artists met in the evenings to discuss abstraction, then a new thing. Though long gone, the name of the school suggests something that is still relevant today. What is it that artists are trying to get at? What is the real subject? For the last two decades Eithne Jordan has been devoting her efforts predominately to painting buildings. Just as we associate Morandi with bottles, Katz with faces, and Poussin with arrangements of people, from her small gouaches on paper to the large oil paintings it is easy to connect her to architecture. 

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