New York

Peter Klashorst

Daniel Newburg Gallery

In this show of oil paintings by the Dutch artist Peter Klashorst one sees glimpses of traditional landscape and the human body, and sometimes the two conflated—pink, fleshy forms that could be read either as limbs or as hills. These works (all from 1988) are officially “contemporary versions of classical Dutch themes,” but unofficially they have a marvelous painterly substantialness that completely belies their source: a recapitulative response to the flickering television image. Klashorst has said of his work, “The colors and forms persuade us to think about highlights in movies and 19th-century painting. . . . What [my] paintings are is fast moving and continuously threatened by broadcast disturbances.” In other words, Klashorst continues in the tradition of Cézanne’s “vibrating sensation,” but now in ultramodern form. Paradoxically, the result is a surface as voluptuous as the best

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