New York

Meyer Vaisman

Castelli Gallery | Uptown

In exhibitions, architecture often triumphs, or at least so imposes its presence on artists’ projects as to force esthetic acquiescence to its terms. This was the case in Meyer Vaisman’s show, which involved a concerted (and extremely successful) adjustment to the size and scale of the gallery space here. Behind this change in locution, however, Vaisman’s thematic concerns remained constant: the new works’ canvas backgrounds and superimposed forms are all fabricated in his characteristic mariner, using silkscreened blow-ups of the canvas weave. These constructions present images of blankness—of blank canvas, and of art’s eviscerated powers—treading a discursive terrain that Vaisman and some of his colleagues have somewhat pedantically perused for several years. But what distinguished this exhibition was the virtuoso handling with which Vaisman treats his chosen topic.

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