New York

Mark Schlesinger

Amy Lipton Gallery

Like many abstract artists who survived the ’80s, Mark Schlesinger’s subsequent paintings have been seen infrequently and mostly in scattered group shows. His approach to abstraction challenges the prevailing taste for formal reprisals of earlier styles and for knowing but critical nods to the past. In this respect, his paintings counter the general feeling that abstraction is no longer viable.

Schlesinger’s paintings not only vary in size and format and employ very different color combinations, but the surfaces range from rough, relatively thick (though clearly defined) areas to thin, smooth ones. In all of the works in this exhibition, he interlocks three different-size shapes or fields, the constantly shifting interactions of which undermine conventional postwar figure/ground relationships. Rather than depicting a stable fluctuation between image and ground, a static design, or a

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