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  • View of “Studio Visitor,” 2022. From left: Rebecca Ness, Sam, 2022; Joel Shapiro, Untitled, 2021; Rebecca Ness, Mike, 2021–22.
    picks March 09, 2022

    Rebecca Ness and Joel Shapiro

    “Studio Visitor” is a two-person exhibition that features a selection of new figurative paintings by emerging artist Rebecca Ness. All of them have been hung to surround Untitled, 2021, a deep-blue, freestanding wood sculpture by renowned Minimalist Joel Shapiro—his sole contribution to the show.

    While many artists have rendered their own studios—most famously Henri Matisse, and more recently, Lisa Yuskavage—Ness sets about depicting others’ spaces, capturing her fellow thinkers and makers at work within them. Her approach is marked by meticulous detail—see the lettering of file names on the