New York

Luis Caballero

Nohra Haime Gallery

Neither a retrospective nor a showcase of new work, Luis Caballero’s show of large-scale oils on paper and smaller ink and charcoal drawings—all relatively monochromatic variations on the male nude—provided what initially seemed like an arbitrary slice of this Columbian expatriate’s oeuvre. Given that Caballero has been working in this mode for almost twenty-five years, however, this selection of pieces actually functioned as a survey of the artist’s midcareer work.

Caballero combines an eclectic, academic naturalism with an Expressionist bent that sometimes approaches pathos. His focus on the male nude is surprisingly devoid of political engagement—instead of identity politics, one finds a ponderous, hermetic investigation of sexual desire. This show was dominated by single-figure compositions in a variety of media; in each, the male body is objectified and highly eroticized. Caballero’s

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