Los Angeles

Poucette

Edgardo Acosta Gallery

Author Thorn Smith’s delightful young ladies have been reincarnated with wit and an attentive eye for gesturing detail that gets down to the many bottoms of the matter. Poucette, a 27-year-old French artist, who uses no first name, bejewels her pictures with phosphoric-white girls, whose size would not inhibit them from slipping through the necks of wine bottles. They cavort in fountains, languish in bordellos, and wage war with whimsey and disarming charm. Tired businessmen will find in them new entertainments; but they should not be left entirely to the boys. Poucette is an intensely personal stylist, whose charm, dazzling as it is, still reveals a mind.

Larry Rottersman