New York

Mark Dagley

Tony Shafrazi Gallery

My path to Mark Dagley’s exhibition was paved with posters, pasted on the sides of buildings, featuring three photographs of the artist juxtaposed with two of his paintings. At the top of the poster was an image of him “pointing” toward one work, and below it one of him “pushing” against another, while a substantial head shot at the lower right showed the bespectacled Dagley gazing at the viewer. Looking at this, I wondered what was being advertised, the art or the artist? Several visits to the gallery revealed the paintings to be the latest installment in throwaway chic.

Dagley’s paintings nod toward “neo-geo” abstraction, but they sublate the movement’s cultural and intellectual rap into quotations of ’60s themes. These works, all from 1987, are plays on the convention of the shaped canvas, employing stretchers that project several inches out from the wall so that the works oscillate

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