London

Braco Dimitrijevic

Waddington Custot Galleries

As traditional painting the work of Braco Dimitrijevic is chic, stiff, diagrammatic, and impersonal, an insult to the masterpieces it parodies. By calling his show “New Culturescapes” he can sabotage this criticism and gain free play in the area of his choice. The show focused on modernism and returned to a prevailing theme of Dimitrijevic’s career—the application of democratic principles in art, society, and history. A cat may look at a king; by the same token a painted tiger may stroll elegantly through a Dimitrijevic-painted Jackson Pollock abstraction as in Dimitrijevic’s Two Steps Ahead. Cross the gallery; now two painted tigers walk across a simulated Pollock. The title this time is Three Steps Ahead. It is unclear whether getting ahead is a matter of blending with one’s environment, becoming one’s style, or ignoring it.

Titles are important. Without words, The Story Says “Life Came

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