london

Victor Newsome

Anne Berthoud Gallery

Victor Newsome’s shift from sculpture to drawing ten years ago marked the beginning of a group of obsessions—with a human figure in a room, with the need to find ways to describe hollow masses, with artistic creation as a function of stylistic demands. Newsome works with painful slowness. Though he paints, the major part of his work now seems to consist of elaborate, drawn preparations for a masterwork—a painting of a woman in a bath—and preparations for these preparations: sets of studies of a single ear, for instance. The drawings and lithographs in his present show have the air of explanatory texts: an androgynous head, hairless and without eyelids, is constructed, shadowed, and overshadowed in six stages. Drawn in geometric projection, switching from plan to sectional views, it becomes a distorted ovoid. This series, “Head 1,” reworks the downward-looking figure depicted in a small,

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