Critics’ Picks

Ferran Martin, Tetris, 2003. Installation view.

New York


Van Doren Waxter | 23 East 73rd Street
23 East 73rd Street Second Floor
July 9–August 16

For the opening of this group show, Spanish artist Ferrán Martin installed a wax painting in the gallery's slanted skylight. What was initially a pristine geometric abstraction has been slowly liquefying in the summer heat. Now, the multicolored squares have melted into swags of collapsing curves, and the floor below is marked with pink, blue, and magenta wax. This elegantly self-immolating artwork is an extension of Martin's family business: His relatives create traditional falla sculptures that are ceremonially burned each year at Valencia's City Festival. The piece has a limpid clarity that's echoed by the others on view, which include one of Donald Moffett’s shimmering video projections on gilded linen, a Felix Gonzalez-Torres candy pile, a David Hammons body-print collage, and Francis Alÿs's documentation of shifting meteorological (and anthropological) conditions in a Mexico City plaza. Three younger artists—Jessica Rankin, who offers an embroidered “painting” on organdy; Marisa Tellería-Diez, whose pale, minimal sculptures have the sweet solidity of marzipan; and Sebastian Romo, who traces constellations among the bottle caps embedded in urban pavement—round out the show, continuing their elders' exploration of temporal, spatial and narrative dimensions with the same engaging simplicity of means.