New York

Tadeusz Myslowski

Carpenter + Hochman

One word too seldom heard in cultural circles these days can serve to introduce this show of recent paintings by Tadeusz Myslowski, a Polish-born artist who has lived in New York since 1970. That word is “serious”—serious as in well considered, resolute, and significant, all of which his work is. And while many artists claim it, Myslowski actually has succeeded in pushing abstraction forward into a new representational frontier, where form is truly content.

His means are paradoxically complex in their purity. In all of the works a single form—a black cross, a motif favored by Myslowski for the last decade —and a single basic structure, a modular grid whose dimensions vary according to how many three-foot-square steel plates are employed, are used repetitively. Each plate is painted in enamel on a white ground, fired, and placed within the grid. Far from being dry and brittle, the surfaces

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