New York

Milo Reice

Barbara Toll Fine Arts

Art as a means of communication can be traced back in time to its roots as a narrative form. The paintings of Milo Reice have always possessed something of the simple charms of storytelling, for which art as illustration has persevered throughout the ages. The narrative structure of Reice’s work, in its straightforward description and symbol-laden imagery, most closely resembles that of the fable. The moral tone and esthetic design of the fable have become so embedded in our cultural text that Reice has little difficulty in signaling these to the viewer as deliberate strategies in his own work. The paintings thus acquire the power of suggestion, but the reading is not as clear as one might expect.

Because Reice sets his scenes in imaginative bursts of wild colors and crazy-quilt patterns, we do not take the representation that is an active ingredient in his “realism” at face value. While

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