New York

James McGarrel

Allan Frumkin Gallery

James McGarrell paints with dream logic. Time and space are flexible. Landscapes are stacked in emotional perspective. Symbols are served smorgasbord in these internally mobile feasts, symbols relieved of responsibility by their charm and good looks.

In The Grand Mediterranean, 1982, McGarrell himself appears as a headwaiter (well, it looks like McGarrell) posed invitingly at a buffet table. His upraised tray appears to be gesturing toward two rainbows—one just inside the window, one just outside. Perhaps this is the pot of gold within the pot of gold. Scooting off the plate the artist/headwaiter is raising from the buffet table is a lobster—the unkosher creature Gérard de Nerval kept for a pet because it knows the secrets of the depths. On the raised, rainbow-oriented plate is a fish in the posture of leaping, as if headed for a brief glimpse of a more ethereal realm. Nature seems poised

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