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Jeffrey Lew

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

Jeffrey Lew’s outer-directed paintings and prints are among the most intriguing in town this season. His attitude towards relationships among concrete elements—technique/format, materials/surfaces—is exciting because it is active. The images, large schematic representations of books, seem literally to rush at the viewer. Whether the volume is opened to display a rainbow of colored pages or closed to reveal a highly textured back and spine, as in Split Decision, the image is a metaphorical come-on, suggesting the intersection of the worlds of learning and art: This is clearly a literary, pictorial convention grounded in art history, if ever there was one. Lew raises the notion of a book within a book by using a two-page (diptych) spread. While thoughts may turn to symbolic meaning, the eyes still always focus on the work’s physical existence. Using an oil-based blend in the paintings, that

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