New York

Nancy Shaver

Curt Marcus Gallery

Nancy Shaver groups found objects, primarily domestic items like coffeepots, dishes, and decorative bric-a-brac, with paintings by naive artists and reproductions of works by artists such as Cézanne and Gauguin, creating loose sculptural ensembles. In some cases the images cluster on the wall, like the groupings seen on suburban staircases; elsewhere they spill onto the floor and out into the room. In Art (all works, 1989), a row of paintings ranging from red-on-red abstractions to still lifes to a framed reproduction of Cézanne’s card-players stretches out across the wall; a coffeepot and dishes rest on a palette near the floor. In Art: “Pink Rose” and “Irises” by Charlotte Bacon; postcard, “Alscamps, Arles,” by Gauguin; “Half Blue Pitcher Drawing”and “Pitcher Drawn in Brown” by Nancy Shaver, the links are more conceptual than formal, as Shaver equates works by a naive painter, Gauguin,

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