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Jim Shaw

Metro Pictures

Jim Shaw’s recent show, “The Sleep of Reason,” revealed no major change in direction—once again, the work was made up of dream fragments—it just covered a lot more territory. With over ninety individual pieces, the gallery was filled to capacity with a little of everything: paintings (oil and otherwise), drawings (comic-book style and other genres), some mixed-media sculpture, looming large on the floor, and even a T-shirt (worn, according to the title, by some Nazi hooligans in a hotel). Stylistically, too, the show ran the gamut: Richter-style plaid oil paintings; oil paintings in an ersatz Expressionist vein; drawings and paintings in the style of EC Comics’ classic parent-bummer Tales from the Crypt; and even some stuff lifted from Marvel comics master Jack “King” Kirby. My personal favorite was the sculpture that occupied a large portion of the gallery floor: a huge Jesus head, as

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