Jeff Weinstein


Many artists showed engaging, inventive, even beautiful work this year. And much of it was in a consolidating mode, moving both individual oeuvres and the “artanschauung” slowly along. In an environment as sober as this, the best must stick out like a sore thumb, and this year it hitched a ride to somewhere far from the art world: “VISIONS OF SPACE & UFOS IN ART” at American Primitive Gallery. What do the paintings, drawings, and sculptures of these, almost twenty, contemporary artists have in common? First, a representational impulse: they depict flying saucers, alien encounters, scenes from outer space. The best of the artists, Romanian-born lonel Talpazon, manipulates thick paint in ways most would envy; employs muddy and bloody pigments to make the results speak equally of analytical curiosity and abductee fear; and evinces a singular expressionistic style that avoids

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