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Gerry Bergstein

Stux Gallery

Gerry Bergstein is usually classed with a younger group of Boston figurative painters (Doug Anderson, Jon Imber) to whom he actually bears little relation. A seasoned artist in his early 40s, Bergstein's identity was formed under the mantle of Abstract Expressionism; he internalized Modernist angst through the traditional Picasso-to-Pollock lineage, absorbing along the way such third-generation influences as Gregory Amenoff.

Yet Bergstein has always had an alienating bent. If he has quoted the New York School's spatial organization and lush painterliness he has also mocked it, employing a form of ironic homage that is ubiquitous among the neo-Expressionists (therefore, the misplaced associations with this group). His separateness was further declared by a wild and disparate constellation of weird idiosyncratic symbols, a Freudian crazy quilt of conspicuous sexual tokens (flying hot dogs,

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