Miami

Miami

Malcolm Morley

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street
January 20–April 16, 2006

Curated by Bonnie Clearwater

Malcolm Morley stands among the preeminent living American painters, but the historical scope of his work is too little known in the US, his adopted country since 1958. This survey of forty paintings from the mid-'60s to the present is long overdue; it is, in fact, the artist's first in the US since 1983, when he was recast as a neo-expressionist (having first been pigeonholed as a Superrealist). Now, the grandeur of his work puts it far beyond mere labels: “Only when Morley's work is taken out of the movement of Photorealism do his interests come into focus,” maintains Clearwater. The show, which includes recent paintings, such as those of model-plane kits and current events in Afghanistan (most never before shown in the States), should reveal an oeuvre marked by radical switches but also by a deep inner consistency.