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Robert Rahway Zakanitch

Jason McCoy Gallery

Robert Rahway Zakanitch’s “Big Bungalow Suite,” 1990–93, consists of five paintings on unstretched canvas—only the first four of them exhibited here—each of which is 11 feet high and 30 feet long. Executed in an exuberant painterly style, complete with drips and splatters, they nevertheless convey a sense of restraint and formality, one enforced, perhaps, by the artist’s method of laying down his repetitive patterns of imagery with stencils before working them up with the brush. Flowery, wallpaperlike motifs become equivalent to allover fields into which a number of smaller, oddly shaped images are set: a pair of hands shaking, a landscape, a dog. . . . What may not be immediately obvious is that these represent images painted on vases. (Uptown, Zakanitch showed smaller paintings of painted vases like the ones in “Big Bungalow Suite”—almost portrait studies of pottery.)

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