New York

Jack Youngerman

Pace Gallery

Jack Youngerman offers all-white sculpture—three-dimensional fiberglass and resin versions of the shapes made familiar by his paintings in recent years. These shapes are vaguely floral, usually one to a painting, with strong affinities to Matisse’s late cutouts. Youngerman employs only outline to suggest the interior configurations of his painted shapes. Thus, the transposition from two to three dimensions opens silhouettes up into fully articulated forms. This is not necessarily a gain. Whatever interest Youngerman’s recent paintings have had lay in their graphic ambiguities. By removing ambiguity, the artist provides an uncalled-for explanation of a formal kind, and unhelpful associations are generated.

As I said, Youngerman’s painted shapes are generally floral. Motifs of this kind are conventionally considered to be neutral, that is, pretexts for images to be given a primarily abstract

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