New York

Leslie Greene

La Galleria

To paint abstract is to think big or think small, to get very far away or very close. Once it was a part of all painting; later it was enough on its own. But abstract painting was a problem for abstraction in painting because of its avoidance of content. Even token content made the abstract work easier. The token content was the frame for the real content.

Leslie Greene’s paintings enrich token content somewhat by choosing an utterly basic subject. Most of her paintings are of overstuffed chairs, often the same chair. The paintings are not about the chair, but the chair is a better ground than something from nature or something with moving parts. It’s easier than painting a cathedral, and being nonexotic, even mundane, it highlights the process of looking and depicting and translating and lying and adjusting.

Neil Jenney has said, “all illusionistic paintings require frames.” Greene paints

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