New York

Jane Kaplowitz

Jason McCoy Gallery

Jane Kaplowitz would agree with Jean Cocteau that “style is the soul.” She is a connoisseur of Pop, of camp, and of “appropriation.” As if to establish her post-Modern credentials beyond a doubt, she has made an ironic play with motifs from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Josef Albers, and others, but the irony of these earlier paintings can seem a little forced and, as a consequence, they fail to make the transition to the pure visual wit we can now see she was always aiming at. The new paintings are airy, evanescent, and lyrical in a strictly Firbankian manner. In them she celebrates the heroes of her personal camp pantheon—Cocteau in bed with a mask of Antigone, Oliver Messel painting a mural in the Dorchester Hotel, Stephen Tennant (the most outrageous English queen of the ’20s and ’30s) reclining on the bed he rarely left in his later years, while unfolding an enormous fan towards the

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