• Bill Cass

    Marianne Deson Gallery

    The eloquent rusticity that characterized Bill Cass’ previous work has given way to a peculiarly cosmopolitan attitude in the five paintings and two drawings shown in this recent exhibition, all from 1987. In his earlier work, Cass painted and drew in a kind of faux naïf style on scavenged pieces of plywood, making reference to primitive altarpieces through additions of scuffed and painted molding. His latest works display more sophisticated paint handling and composition, and figures that bear more than a passing resemblance to Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical mannequins. The feeling of Italian

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