New York

Sarah Charlesworth

Jay Gorney Modern Art

Sarah Charlesworth describes the means by which she makes her art as being composed of equal parts work and magic. The slightly fey tone of the latter word is as good a key as any to the faint uneasiness that this show of new photographs inspires.

On exhibit were ten laminated Cibachromes of collages, in which figures from reproductions of various Old Master paintings had been isolated, combined, and then rephotographed against a monochrome background. A piece entitled Transfiguration (all works 1991), showed figures from Piero della Francesca, surrounded by silhouettes filled in with folds of cloth by Grünewald. Another, called Separation, was a diptych showing two figures from Botticelli isolated against a black background, reaching out to each other across the strip of frame that divided the picture plane in two.

Charlesworth wants to resituate or repose Renaissance figures so that they

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