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17 Jul 2018

Glazed: Angela Dufresne and Louis Fratino

Monya Rowe Gallery

Reviewed by Suzanne Unrein

"Glazed" combines salacious pleasures with robust sensuality in this exhibit of fresh, modestly sized paintings by Angela Dufresne and Louis Fratino.

Dufresne tantalizes and summons with comic, crazed faces that look out from brilliant, abstract backgrounds with erotic familiarity. Enticing body parts and facial features are accentuated with swaths of surprising hues while restless fingers play at sexual diddling. The rousing compositions are unified in a masterful partnering of frenetic movement and rhythmic color.

Fratino's portraits are stylized, languorous, and romantic with solid, sculptural forms that are reduced and simplified. A slow dance of flat planes and undulating forms surround geometric, contented faces rendered in deep lilacs, rusts, and grays. When not delighting in his decorative patterning of blankets, tilted picture frames and personal objects, his doodles and scratches offer a visual playground for more abstract delectations.

Exhibition Glazed: Angela Dufresne and Louis Fratino
Start date 27 Jun 2018
End date 03 Aug 2018
Presenter Monya Rowe Gallery link
Venue 224 West 30th Street, #1005, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Angela Dufresne, Smoking Mammi, 2017, oil on canvas, 40 x 28 inches, courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery

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