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“Drawings & Paintings On Paper”

Ann Ina Nosei Gallery

What do David Deutsch’s landscape drawings and Mimmo Paladino’s still lifes have in common? And what do Mike Glier’s political symbols have to do with either one of them? Not much, I’m afraid, except that they’re all on paper; that was apparently the criterion used to select the work in the unpresumptuously-titled group show, “Drawings & Paintings on Paper.”

Well, perhaps there was another connection; most of the works do contain representational imagery, which may be another reason for their being shown together. Imagism—ah, yes. But the images—from Jack Barth’s Gothic charcoal-and-ink scenes, to Troy Brauntuch’s photographic-looking white-chalk drawings on black paper and Francesco Clemente’s tiny nude figures—have little or nothing in common.

This collection of 18 artists’ work was so disparate and uneven that it succeeded in categorically denying the notion of a collective new “imagism”—at

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