New York

Denise Green

Max Protetch Gallery

Denise Green works with two interlocking but easily separable aspects of Jasper Johns’ early work: flat or flattened, silhouetted, sign-like subjects combined with graphic and painterly looseness. Green cordons off a little territory of her own, employing a verbal humor tied to punning, making her work more available to discussion than most “New Image” painting, and a little closer to Johns than one might wish. My little bit of pseudo-art-historical precedent-setting and influence-peddling hardly constitutes a justification or idea about the art; I just don’t find this kind of art so new or fresh.

Green’s Plane repeats “747” as a symbol for “airplane”; it reminds one of Johns’ “picture plane” disseminating art by air freight. The painting has a blue sky for an upper half, complete with moons. The lower half is magenta with variations on triangle shapes, quite inventive and clever: triangles

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