New York

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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