New York

Susan Rothenberg

Willard Gallery

Susan Rothenberg’s oil paintings are attractive, in the sense the term conveys when describing a room full of casually well-dressed people. They are remarkably and quite unfailingly good-looking, and they function as visual and intellectual balm as one surveys them. They have social ease, are intelligent and well-educated, pleasant and serious. They are beyond reproach. Attractive through the mouthpiece of a well-bred jaw; money with class.

What has long bothered me about Rothenberg’s work has something to do with a homogenizing system through which data—art-historical throughlines and conventions of process—are synthesized, if not exactly neutered then regularized, and somehow made to appear endemic to her scheme of things. Rothenberg has an excellent sense of composition; her paintings always strike a graceful balance between paint and line, the symmetrical and the out-of-kilter, event

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