new-york

Paul Waldman

Leo Castelli Gallery

The limbless, headless, naked bodies in Paul Waldman’s new paintings a restuffed into tight corners, as if into plastic bags. The paintings are sectional, repeating long, narrow shapes that, when read together, remind one of progressively longer spikes or knife blades. Each panel is dominated by extended expanses of pink, baby blue or pearly gray, and the bodies complement this fruity arrangement by appearing more apricot than flesh-toned, in order to make them more “luscious.”

The spiked-shaped panels are right-angled on the left, and severely diagonal on the right; one painting may consist of a small number of these shapes in succession, with both length and severity of the diagonal element growing progressively more extreme. This suggests that some external, mathematical proportion is being imposed; but the system is not clearly defined and there are not enough elements to divine the

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