New York

Glen Baxter

Holly Solomon Gallery

Over the past decade Glen Baxter has developed a large and heterogeneous following for his particular mode of deadpan humor. Through postcards, calendars, books, and more recently, gallery-exhibited drawings, he has elaborated a broad-reaching cultural commentary whose medium, and main characteristic, is a razor-sharp, mordant wit. In this new show Baxter shifted his established practice into a new register, with mixed results.

On display were both Baxter’s well-known drawings-cum-texts and a new series of large-scale textless paintings. The former (all of them made of crayon and ink on paper and all from 1986 and ’87) employ the artist’s conventional format and graphic means in which pale colored images, executed in a style derived from illustrated children’s books, are yoked to oddly aberrant captions. Baxter’s sphere is one of strange encounters, in which jejune schoolboys consort with

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