Los Angeles

Keith Broadwee

ACE Gallery

In Keith Boadwee’s most recent series, the body is the locus for an investigation into the history of abstract painting. This work continues a project that stems from the beginning of his career when he used himself as a canvas for quasi-Expressionist paintings, taking Yves Klein’s technique for painting the female nude one step further—and closer. Increasingly, his paintings have isolated individual body parts, particularly the penis and the anus. While in Boadwee’s work the penis has always remained flaccid and uneroticized, the asshole is elaborately decorated, a site of pleasure. Two earlier bodies of work foreshadow the present series. Boadwee’s asshole targets—large-format photographs in which the artist painted his own and other anuses and then photographed them in extreme close-up- duplicate the painterliness of Jasper Johns’ work in the texture of butt hairs and dimpled skin, but

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