new-york

Loretta Dunkelman, Rachel bas-Cohain

A.I.R. Gallery

Loretta Dunkelman, showing at A.I.R., works with oil and wax base chalks on paper. Three of the four very large works on exhibit are white and divided by grids. Underneath the layers of white are ones of colors, usually pink or lavender, which give the white a faint color and which are particularly visible at the grids. The surfaces are very reflective, and there is a tendency for them to seem overly spread out and vague, particularly in the pieces with large grids and little color. The most successful large piece is Ice Wall which has the smallest grid and greater density of surface. It is closer to Dunkelman’s drawings which, as is often the case, are more substantial than her larger works at this point. The most eccentric piece in the show is a foldout book on each page of which is the cutout, white silhouette of a parrot with hints of color around the edges. At this point Dunkelman’s

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