03 Feb 2018
Vincent Desiderio: Theseus
Reviewed by Harry Newman
One of the finest American realist painters, Vincent Desiderio's work often has an aspect of the mysterious to it, whether in subject or scale or approach. This has been brought to the fore in "Theseus," a solo show at Marlborough Gallery, consisting of a dozen large-scale, recent oils. Together, the paintings suggest a private mythology with images of 19th century burials, black and white movies playing to empty theaters, and distortions of religious iconography.
Desiderio's remarkable skills are in evidence as always, but there's a newer looseness and wry humor, as in Pontormo in Hell (2016), anamorphic renderings of figures from that artist's work combined with contemporary images, including a Guy Fawkes mask. At the center is Theseus (2016), a fourteen-foot tangle of nude bodies with human-size grasshoppers and other animals among them, that he's then painted twice more at successive levels of abstraction until pure forms of mass and movement remain.
|Exhibition||Vincent Desiderio: Theseus link|
|Start date||09 Jan 2018|
|End date||03 Feb 2018|
|Presenter||Marlborough Gallery link|
|Venue||40 West 57th Street, New York City, NY, USA map|
|Image||Vincent Desiderio, Pontormo in Hell, 2016, oil on canvas, 73 x 142 inches, courtesy of Marlborough Gallery|
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