New York

Nancy Cheairs

Schmidt-Bingham Gallery

In this, her first show in New York, Nancy Cheairs, a painter from Memphis, Tennessee, demonstrated a talent for creating vibrant symbols. Cheairs is gifted with the power to get at life’s truths and express them in bold visual terms.

Her forms and compositions are kept to the essentials. In Procession, 1987, for example, the composition consists of four dresses hung on a clothesline suspended between two trees, which are planted right at the horizon line and framed by a red sky. What comes across at first glance are the painting’s comic overtones, magnified by its large scale, stark frontality, and the gleaming hardness of its colored surfaces. The intense contrasts of the livid red sky, the trees with their impossibly straight black trunks and simplified green tops half-bathed in darkness, the green foreground with its spreading shadows, plus the accents added by the colors of the dresses

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