Dorothy Cross

The Model

Installed in a warren of rooms, this recent miniretrospective of Dorothy Cross’ work usefully charted the progress of her practice over the past decade. While Cross’ characteristically inventive manipulation of found and fashioned objects yields a seductive formal heterogeneity, she has remained true to certain primary investigations, such as the construction of gender, the anatomy of desire, and the volatility of symbol and metaphor. What distinguishes her work from that of other artists with similar concerns is her unusually productive oscillation between the private and the public—her persistent willingness to range from locally inflected iconography to more universally charged symbolism.

This is as true of the earliest work that was included in the show as it is of more recent pieces. The solemnly ludicrous Mr. and Mrs. Holyjoe, 1988, ably represents Cross’ 1988 exhibition “Ebb” at

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