New York

David Deutsch

Annina Nosei Gallery

In David Deutsch’s new paintings abstraction once again becomes visionary, evoking an enigmatic world of feeling closed in upon itself. Expansive yet hermetic, his garden vistas reminded me of Roman wall painting; there is the same sense of a faded yet all-encompassing nature, subtly forceful despite its atmospheric softness, more evocative than descriptive of open space yet resolutely flat, and thereby all the more spatially complete. There is also the same sense of diminished humanity, the human hanging on at the edge yet a disturbing presence—in Deutsch the more disturbing through the machines the human brings with it. There is an air of potential disaster in these pictures, of a storm that may never come yet that has already invaded the mood. The calm is apocalyptic.

But the works are subtle. Deutsch’s window shade closed against the world makes planarity a devastating revelation, as

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