New York

Suzanne Szlemko

James Yu Gallery

The James Yu Gallery is new, large, handsome, and spotless, and it opened with an exhibition of paintings by Suzanne Szlemko, which outside of New York would be categorized as “semi-abstract.” The paintings are compositions with brightly colored organic geological forms like a close-up of a cross section of the earth. One can decide whether or not the paintings are attractive but that’s about all there is to think about, and I’m not sure whether such decisions constitute thinking at all. Szlemko’s paintings might have been interesting in 1914, but they were done in 1971 and 1972, and from this vantage point, I can’t get interested.

Bruce Boice