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David Salle

Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea

The canvases in David Salle’s recent show—diptychs with one or more rectangular spaces cut out, into which other, smaller canvases have been inserted—were constructed in the artist’s trademark fashion. In the past, Salle’s incorporation of non-pictorial objects into his paintings led to works that were polymorphic and expansive, but in these newer canvases he has limited the range of incorporated materials to the canvas-within-a-canvas, and the play between planes has become exclusively pictorial. The show also contained paintings on paper, as well as a series of photographs shot over the course of the ’80s.

In the new canvases, painted figures and objects stand out against stark backgrounds or are juxtaposed with planes defined in black and white, and silhouetted figures are superimposed on others that have been fleshed out in a more volumetric fashion. Several of the works, such as

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