New York

Andrew Young

David Beitzel Gallery

At first they seemed simply handsome and restrained, but over time, Andrew Young’s paintings do act on the mind gradually and indirectly. They reveal themselves to be much less stable, much more complicated and disturbing, than they at first appear. Almost aggressively elegant, calm, and self-possessed, each work keeps rather determinedly to itself, exerting an atmospheric influence. A viewer is tempted not to get too involved since the paintings seem so preoccupied with one another, so much of a piece. And besides, the particular representational conceits of the paintings—their windowsills, orchids, and decorative stencils—are a little claustrophobic. The work seems to lack air. The colors—champagne and navy; mauve, brown, and cream—are similarly closed: they covey a sense of luxury and high style, but seem uncomfortably self-satisfied.

Spend a little time with them up close, and that

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