New York

Richard Fishman

Max Hutchinson Gallery

There is a time when an artist finishes working his way through recent art history, leaves his artistic influences behind, and begins making his own work. Some artists reach this point in their early 20s; others may be well into their middle years; some never reach it. But no matter when it happens, there’s a freshness and sense of experimentation about the new work. It may be tentative and lack the assurance of earlier work done on safe, familiar ground, but it will have enthusiasm, vitality and individuality.

Richard Fishman reached this point about two years ago. The 11 sculptures and four drawings in his latest show of work done over the past 18 months seem significantly better and more individual than his earlier work, which was strongly influenced by Smith, Caro, Judd, Serra and Morris.

There are four elements in Fishman’s new work that seem worth exploring: (1) the relationship between

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