New York

Mike Berg

Fine Art Studio

How refreshing, in this year of the politically correct, to come across a painter who is completely unashamed of the decorative aspect of his art, a painter, furthermore, who does not so much as nod in the direction of social and political concerns. Although it might seem traditional, such a stance is not always easy to maintain. It requires cunning, indirection, and virtuosity.

At various times in the course of his career, Mike Berg has favored flooded baroque interiors, Biedermeier furniture floating in midair and gold Cyrillic lettering. Floral motifs have a long history with him, and, in his current work they are linked to a fascination with patterns and repetition. There are patterns of lilies, roses, and small flowering sprigs; tendrils curl into spirals and arabesques, and some pieces appear to be covered with lace.

Berg has developed a number of elegant strategies for preventing his

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