• Sam Messer

    Nielsen Gallery

    Sam Messer’s heavily painted canvases manage to evoke the mythical sensibilities of Jackson Pollock’s work of the early ’40s, and at the same time call attention to their contemporary self-conscious expressionism. The predominant colors in the artist’s recent paintings are red, black, yellow, and white: they are applied with fleshy bravura. The works show a maturing artist contributing to a revival of gestural painting with symbolic figuration. Messer’s sense of the macabre is balanced by a penetrating black humor. Look into the Future, 1988, depicts a very pregnant nude holding a mirror in one

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