Chicago

Aaron Bohrod

Sazama Gallery

Aaron Bohrod’s recent small and fetishistic paintings are almost annoying in their unapologetic garishness. Stubborn and overripe, they seem to assault and overcome their viewers. Bohrod’s paintings accrue pictorial elements in near riotous profusion; they skirt the edges of becoming compendia of both observation and mania. But there is authority here despite all of the rococo indulgences, and it rests in Bohrod’s long and remarkable career. He studied with John Sloan in New York in the early ’30s, exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art as early as 1936, and was part of the Carnegie International in 1939. His nearly 60 years as an artist (the last 40 spent in Madison, Wisconsin) have certainly led Bohrod to know his own mind. He invests a good deal of time in the evocation of surfaces and he exhibits great craft in the obsessive description of wood grain and peeling wall-paint.

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