new-york

Miriam Schapiro

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

Miriam Schapiro continues to do what she probably does best—pattern painting. The works here reveal a strikingly sharp and specific vision, able to exploit the dynamic potential of the shape on which the artist has recently focused—the rectangle—with skill and sensitivity. Though best known for shaped paintings (numerous past examples are based on various house and fan configurations), Schapiro manages to play some exciting visual games with the rectangle. Not only do her compositions bring out the elegant order and regularity associated with its framing function, but they make it enclose and structure explosive compositions which override its static character.

The paintings/fabric collages in the “Presentation” series boast a frame-in-frame structure which brings to mind a proscenium stage. The reading of theatrical associations is especially encouraged in Presentation for Goncharova,

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