Zachary H. Small

  • picks March 15, 2018

    Lorna Simpson

    American politics is tragically comic, with a hyperawareness of injustice matched only by often-futile attempts to generate change. For decades, Lorna Simpson has keenly observed this closed loop of progress and regression in the fight for civil rights across the United States. Ice is her latest tool in this Sisyphean labor for equality. Simpson asks viewers to read ice as both a symbol of endurance and an allusion to how the government freezes black people out of society through mass incarceration and other methods of disenfranchisement.

    Opening the exhibition is a wall of forty small photocollages

  • picks January 26, 2018

    Dale Lewis

    The kaleidoscopic horrors that Dale Lewis summons from his East London neighborhood provide an unsettling image of post-Brexit life. While their frantic anti-Trump counterparts continue to protest in America, Britain’s liberal remnants seethe. Such repressed tension boils up to the surface of Lewis’s impressively large figurative paintings, which owe their aesthetic to the AbEx gargoyles of Willem de Kooning.

    Elaborately choreographed, the subjects of Lewis’s paintbrush bend over backward into quotidian scenes of family, friends, and sex. The labyrinthine intricacies of his compositions, such as

  • picks October 23, 2017

    Gianfranco Baruchello

    The star of Marcel Duchamp’s handpicked progeny never shined outside of his native Italy. While Gianfranco Baruchello exhibited in New York and Rome in the 1960s, the story of his polymathic career has rarely found its way into common knowledge. After more than six decades in the field, incredibly, Baruchello is now making his London debut with a museum-size retrospective.

    Painter, sculptor, performer, filmmaker, writer, political renegade, and occasional horticulturalist Baruchello’s appeal comes from his interdisciplinary approach. Like his famous postwar literary compatriots (e.g., Italo