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Judy Glantzman

Hirschl & Adler Modern

Judy Glantzman, a mainstay of the East Village art scene of the early to mid ’80s, resurfaced about three years ago from the limbo that swallowed so many artists of that moment. Her recent paintings continue her pursuit of figurative expressionism, though now in a climate of opinion notably hostile to anything of the sort. But working against the grain seems to have been a salutary experience for this artist: her paintings are tougher and more compelling than they used to be.

This artistic isolation is perhaps reflected in Glantzman’s subject matter. The boho crowd she used to paint is gone, replaced by a single female figure (the artist herself, we are told). The figure is detached from any identifiable context, other than that of pure color (which is to say, of painting as technique and tradition); she is alone except for the sporadic accompaniment of an infant daughter. Often the

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