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Dorothea Rockburne

Xavier Fourcade

The custom of terming the altered focus of an artist’s recent output a “new body” (of work) serves as an exceptionally apposite description for the latest developments in Dorothea Rockburne’s shaped canvases. The intensified radiance of these outwardly geometric compositions, their robust swaths of overlaid hues and their layered angles, catalyze a newly expressionistic physicality within her highly cerebral oeuvre that could easily bedazzle one into focusing on their formal novelty. They assimilate the emotional immediacy of the recent artistic zeitgeist yet provide a timely bridge to the revived interest in a cooler abstraction. But to look beneath the work’s au courant appearance is to perceive a newly visceral presence with affinities to a more fundamental source of expressionist imagery, that of the human body.

This mini retrospective, titled “A Personal Selection, Paintings 1968–1986,”

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