New York

“Underdog”

E. 7th St. Gallery

It’s not at all clear yet that the so-called East Village “movement” is in fact a movement at all. Is this spate of new galleries more than just more galleries? Aren’t they just filled with more paintings? Don’t many (if not all) of these paintings have recognizable counterparts or predecessors elsewhere? Yes, yes, yes. Much (though by no means all) East Village work does cohere in its small size, somewhat shabby presentation (in framing and so on), and loose working, but the question is whether these traits have anything to do with locale. The same shabbiness and looseness are found in the work of young artists from outside the East Village—for example, in the impressive and interesting work by Andrew Masullo and Robert Garratt exhibited concurrently with this show at the International With Monument Gallery next door to it. The unifying factor may be not locational but generational: we

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