• José Luis Carrascosa

    Fúcares Madrid

    On a surface level, José Luis Carrascosa’s paintings are about sex and seduction. The pinups painted on Carrascosa’s canvases, ironically titled “Ninfas” (Nymphs), are doubtless entries in a certain contemporary dictionary of erotica, something soft-core like Penthouse. What is truly interesting about them is the degree to which they express tedium. Sex, Carrascosa tells us, is a discourse—one that is extremely various but ultimately always limited.

    The same is true of painting. It, too, is a language of possibilities and multiple combinations, but a limited one, and therefore it, too, must play

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