New York

Jenny Snider

Hamilton Galleries

The reason so many of us find a lot to criticize in current art is not that we set intolerably high standards. Mostly, the art sets its own standards and ambitions and asks to be judged by them. These ambitions are likely to be bigger than the artist can handle. The challenge is rarely met. There is undoubtedly grandeur in failing at a very high level. But witnessing artist after artist banging his or her head against the wall is sad, defeating and demoralizing.

So what a refreshing change to stumble across Jenny Snider’s small crayon drawings. Suddenly, more down-to-earth projects seem possible, desirable, again. With the mind set back on this track, eagerness is placed in its proper perspective, on a workable scale. The temptation for me is to overpraise Snider’s work because it achieves everything it wants to. The aspiration is not to produce masterpieces. Snider places her hopes on

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