New York

James Biederman

John Weber Gallery

In his first one-person exhibition since his initial solo outing at Artists Space in 1974, James Biederman shows sculptures and works on paper that recall Russian Constructivist interests in spatial issues.

The painted, wood sculptures, with their “I am what I am,” bare-it-all structures, stressing parallel and counter-balanced elements, and their object-like good looks, bring to mind the spatial constructions of Alexander Rodchenko and the Obmokhu group. His works on paper, executed in gouache, pastel and charcoal, suggest the line constructions and architectonic drawings by Rodchenko and Malevich, respectively. In fact, the case for Russian connections can be pushed further, to involve the materials and titles. Still, the work demands that we think of the differences between it and its precedents.

Mask is installed relief-like against the wall. The work casts a strong shadow, adding

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