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Peter Nadin

Jablonka Galerie

What is painting after? Here we have an artist and an exhibition that relentlessly pose this question. Can painting exist today except by reflecting on itself? It doesn’t want to exceed itself, but it must in order to accommodate the world, human beings, and even the conditions of art’s production.

Peter Nadin’s paintings resemble equations that ultimately exist only in order to introduce a “genuine” unknown quantity. The goal is not to solve the equation, but to construct it; not only to limit but also to expand the unknowns. Imagine all the things one can do with x, with the unknown. Imagine all the things one can do with painting. Nadin’s questions and his proposed answers can always be found side by side in these meticulously produced pictures. Nadin employs virtually every pictorial strategy and subversive device tested during the course of this century. There is the literary reference:

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