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Ida Applebroog

Ronald Feldman Gallery

Ida Applebroog's recent paintings mark a steady progression away from the storyboard-style works of the '70s and early '80s for which she is known. Gone are the curtained windows transforming viewers into voyeurs; instead, Applebroog's latest dramas surround the observer with a dense, cloying insistence. Moreover, Rhoplex has been replaced by oil paint, and cool monochromes by combinations of warm hues that often deviate jarringly from the actual colors of their referents. But the strongest change in these works lies in the new register into which Applebroog shifts her own reading of the human comedy.

Each of the exhibited paintings (all from 1986 and '87) is multipartite, consisting of three or more square or rectangular panels joined together to form irregular configurations. The works are painted in evocative, in-between colors, such as amber, terracotta, a mauve that verges on opalescent

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