PRINT January 2001

David Frankel

WHAT, ARE YOU JEALOUS? PERHAPS, YOUNG ARTISTS, that’s because you didn’t steal a snappy enough title for your first full New York show. Discovering a happy overlap between Valley-speak and art history, Delia Brown copped hers from Gauguin, no less, who called a painting of 1892 Aha oe feii?, a phrase he translated “What, are you jealous?” as part of a yarn about the good life in Tahiti. Brown too is a painter of the good life, but hers looks like it happens in Beverly Hills. Or if not Beverly Hills, anywhere there are pools and patios and plantings, and where the sun is warm enough for women to lounge in little but their shades. Or else it could be indoors, in expensive but not especially tasteful drawing rooms where bags of Doritos and cans of Coke clutter the coffee table alongside bottles of Moët. Now the women wear flimsy silk dresses or fur shawls or beaded pants, and they drink

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