New York

Lennart Anderson

Taylor | Graham

This brings us to Lennart Anderson, whose latest show was even more disappointing than the previous one. Anderson is one representational painter who did begin by painting human figures engaged in significant actions—or at least in actions, since whether or how they were significant and what they signified were certainly problematic, inevitably so. In a way, the question was whether the actions were to be taken as literal or symbolic; which is to say that Anderson raised problems that had last been actual in the thirties and showed that they were relevant once again. That was a very great merit, and while Anderson’s first show may not have been entirely successful, its interest was in having raised important and vital questions. The artist next showed accomplished, but not what I would call vital, still lifes and studio nudes, and since that time his work has grown increasingly inconsequential:

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