New York

Mark Tansey

Grace Borgenicht Gallery

The allegories that generate initial interest in Mark Tansey’s paintings, for other reasons than that of admiring his technical competence, prove ultimately to be topical. There is no single “sense” to any of them, unless the artist’s sardonically descriptive titles are to be taken at face value (which I doubt). How many reversals of the Judgment of Paris are meant in the large picture of that name which shows three men scrambling over and down a log obstacle, under the scrutiny of the high-heeled 1940s-style blonde in the foreground? Likewise, whose or which kind of purity is in question in Purity Test, wherein five pony-mounted Indian braves overlook Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty from a distant promontory? Is it really an Hommage to Susan Sontag, this picture of a woman under bed clothes pointing a pistol at a photographer, old-fashioned press camera in hand? Unlikely. It would be

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