Janet Bishop is Curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Michael Auping is Chief Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. He is the author of Abstract Expressionism: The Critical Developments (1987), Clyfford Still (1904-1980): The Buffalo and San Francisco Collections (1992), and Arshile Gorky: The Breakthrough Years (1995). Jonathan Weinberg is an art historian and painter. He is the author of Ambition and Love in Modern American Art (2001) and Speaking for Vice: Homosexuality in the Art of Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, and the First American Avant-Garde (1995). Charles Ray is a Los Angeles-based artist. His writings on art have appeared in the New York Times and a variety of other publications.
"Bechtle's art is, essentially, an attenuated and impeccably modest contemporary version of impressionism. It records, almost anonymously, the subtlety and variety with which the ordinary world is revealed by light. So doing, it dignifies the commonplace while also illuminating the complex, artificial process of seeing, choosing, and painting that can yield art." - Roberta Smith, New York Times "Bechtle's evocation of pure light... is a feat of genuine virtuosity." - Jennifer R. Crohn, Arts Magazine "Bechtle's work is infused with a melancholy lyricism." - Kristine McKenna, Los Angeles Times "Robert Bechtle's sparkling California light and dense shadows, his gleaming American cars parked on empty streets and neat, pastel row houses are like a reflection in someone's dark glasses: you see more of yourself than the wearer." - Abby Wasserman, The Museum of California magazine"