PACE in Burlington Gardens is one of my favourite gallery spaces in London (PACE also has one of the best gallery spaces under the High Line in New York). I always love the proportions and the juxtaposition of the cast iron columns in the space, always painted white, against the artworks on the walls, also generally painted white, with a plus being the way that light comes through the windows on the west wall and cascades down across the paintings, the wall and across the timber floor. White-walled gallery environments are brought to life by the accidents of sunlight (controlled of course) bringing life and animation to the space.
PACE have brought three North American artists together – the American artists Jo Baer and Mary Corse and the Canadian, Agnes Martin, – all of their work being subtle, pale with light washes, grids and soft colours. light on the white walls, covering five decades from the 1960′s to 2019. It is astonishing how the three artists here play against each other and create an exhibition where the oldest works appear as fresh as the newest, despite 50 years difference in date. You would think that most of these works had been created yesterday.
All of which shows how one colour – white – can have such amazing variety, subtlety and creativity, with some framing in black.…. Architects take note!