New York

Julião Sarmento

Louver Gallery

As significant as the polarity of abstraction and realism once was to Modernism, the great watershed with respect to post-Modern painting has been not so much a matter of form or style but of how meaning is generated: either it is self-reflexive, and thus contained by and concerned with the frame of painting itself, or else it refers outside of the work to comment on worldly experience and the human condition. In place for quite some time now, this black-and-white logic has gradually faded into innumerable shades of gray. While it is probably not Julião Sarmento’s primary intention to impress us with this fact, his paintings nonetheless call into question the legitimacy of interpretations founded upon such readymade distinctions.

The considerable tension in Sarmento’s work derives not from a struggle with the nature of painting itself, but from the disparity between thought processes and

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