New York

Mary Corse

Logjudice Gallery

Mary Corse has two large paintings at LoGiudice which may supply, and not without wit, a special flavor of inflationary opulence not yet denominated, even by Baskin-Robbins. The canvases, both from 1971, are nine feet square. You could characterize them as Puritan sin, for while they are entirely white they dazzle recklessly with a satiny sheen that is impossible to photograph. Sugar-coated, fairy-sparkled Robert Rymans. Rich art, fat art, dessert art, “lobby” painting. The blatant indulgence is thinly glazed with an utterly Tasteful reticence toward color. Untitled is the more immediately suggestive of Ryman, with its 16 hand-painted squares of white that stop tidily short of the stretcher edge. The other picture, from the Halo with Rainbow (gilding the lily?) series, leaves four small unbedazzled squares in the corners, untreated with the tiny glass beads in paint suspension which are the source of the shiny effect. This daringly goes as far as to evoke a legible shape, a thick Greek cross rippling with a keen sheen. This one is mounted in a special way, with an acute bevel back from the rim of the face to the wall behind, so that the painting, with all its tenuous thrills, is mounted on the wall like a trophy or a giant trinket. I hope it is ironical.

Joseph Masheck