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Ferran García Sevilla

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Though Ferran García Sevilla is one of Spain’s brightest artistic lights, and his paintings are well known throughout Europe, his work remains relatively obscure in America. This circumstance has less to do with Sevilla’s project than with New York’s well-documented hostility to painting during the latter half of the ’80s. We are not as curious or catholic as we pretend to be, and work which doesn’t fit prescribed agendas tends to be swiftly marginalized.

Sevilla began his career in the ’70s as a Conceptual artist who employed photography to examine the conventions of artistic authorship, and though he turned to painting in 1980, he maintained his critical relationship to art. Unlike Peter Halley or Sherrie Levine, however, Sevilla did not choose to burlesque painting’s diminished capabilities. Instead, in the spirit of Jiři Georg Dokoupil, but less caustically, Sevilla deploys self-contained

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