New York

Nicholas Krushenick

Pace | 32 East 57th Street

Nicholas Krushenick clearly is an artist of slick professionalism yet, within the larger issues of present-day pictorial consideration, the deficiencies of his pictures grow more palpably visible than his once self-evident virtues. Krushenick’s assorted vestiges of the Pop campaign—word balloons, lightning flashes—are inflated to the scale of history painting, and in their inflation more glaringly reveal the current balefulness, albeit gaiety, of his production. More than in any previous exhibition does Krushenick’s work appear to be a contingency of Roy Lichtenstein’s.

The new compositions are bright, simple and obdurate. Their mechanistic gag contours veer toward dogtooth configurations and avoid the more supple curvatures of two seasons back. At that time one suspected that Krushenick had peered into the vortex of Lichtenstein’s balls of twine for the source of his art-nouveauish twisted

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