• Jack Mims

    Moody Gallery

    I realized when I saw this show that Jack Mims’ paintings have always intimidated me, and that this time they did not. It was a relief and a pleasure. Mims is an allegorical painter, and his images are extremely literate, personal, and dense. They combine primitive mythology—allegorizing the artist as a shaman—with direct autobiographical detail, including portraits of friends and descriptions of actual incidents. But they also borrow from a vast range of historical art, including references to major and minor European artists and tribal cultures from around the world.

    Faced with the paintings,

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