New York

Jack Goldstein

Metro Pictures

Jack Goldstein’s paintings don’t have much to do with the act of painting. They do, however, have quite a bit to do with composition and subject matter. Most of the canvases are combined in diptychs and triptychs that are deployed like story boards. The relationships established between the coupled canvases are graphically sophisticated and pictorially direct. Working with simple, visual declaratives similar to comic book panels, Goldstein never leaves room for any doubt about what’s going on. It is as if there was a big exclamation point tacked onto every painting.

A tiny, white missile launched in the middle of one large, rectangular black canvas is aimed directly at a compatibly scaled White House in the middle of the next canvas. A central panel filled with blotchy smog is bracketed by panels containing mirror images of belching smokestacks. The mirroring device is repeated in two

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