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Maxwell Hendler

Ceeje Gallery

One thinks of “Cinerama” when viewing Hendler’s three-dimensional portrait of “David.” This dramatically placed head, painted with photo-magazine slickness against a background of wooden houses, yard, windows and doors, executed with an attention to detail not unlike the Italian primitives but with an added element of 20th-century sophistication, is probably the best of Hendler’s works on display. Here he seems to have achieved a blending of illusion and reality that makes each more intensely the other. By contrast his scenic paintings, “Ocean Park” and “Main Street,” appear conventional, lacking the vitality of his more cerebral adventures into, the madness of the mundane. “Pomegranate” is a particularly memorable example of this latter style. Here he has placed the exotic fruit beside a transparent glass orange-juicer, and his concentration on his subject is so intense that both pieces

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