New York

Jean Feinberg

Victoria Munroe Gallery

Whereas meaning in art was once pronounced, codified, and doted upon by both artists and theoreticians alike, it is now increasingly marginalized. In the vacuum where meaning was once believed to have resided, all sorts of other possibilities have rushed in—the end of history, anti utopian critiques, and the objectification of meaninglessness are three of the theoretical agendas that are currently espoused most. The tide of fashion has turned, and abstract painters have gone from being revered figures to being highly suspect practitioners. If the possibility of meaning no longer exists, the abstract painter is faced with the likelihood that his or her work will amount to nothing more than so many decorative instances.

Jean Feinberg doesn’t approach the issue of meaning or meaninglessness head-on, which is not to say she avoids it. There is something else going on in her work. Her format—in

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