New York

Anton Henning

Vrej Baghoomian Gallery

The surfaces of Anton Henning’s abstract paintings beckon to us mischievously. Wittily encrusted and ironically imperfect, they are a disguise: fatally cold quicksand made to look like lush tropics. The titles confirm their perversity; one mock–Kenneth Noland piece, asymmetrically divided between overripe orange and bilious black, is called Cheese Wiz and Ripe Plaintains (all works 1991), as though we were being presented, on the platter of the canvas, with a meltdown of Velveeta and rotten fruit. Become Rich, Become an Artist in Paris shows a field of cute curlicues dramatically framed by a black geometric form, as though this decadent, facile union of opposites were the look best gauged to make it in the capital of fashion. With pseudoseriousness, 1/3 Cup Grated Almonds; 2 Oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Chopped; 1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Zest; 1 Tablespoon Grated Lemon Zest; 2 Tablespoons

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