New York

Allan McCollum

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

For several years now Allan McCollum has been building little model paintings. Each has a central plane painted a monochromatic black or brown; a mat, usually off-white; and a raised, framelike border in brown or tan. The works vary in size but all are small, none much larger than 16 or so inches high. They are generic paintings, and McCollum often hangs them together to make generic installations and exhibitions. His work has always been funny, with an oddly embarrassed, rather sardonic air. In this show it became almost savage in its humor, tremendously aggressive, and yet surprisingly likable.

This show was McCollum’s most ambitious to date, 553 plaster casts in 20 shapes and sizes, surrogates for paintings with little in the way of individuating character. The installation was hilarious, the walls banked high with interchangeable little blanks, making the gallery look like some crazed

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