new-york

Peter Dreher

Monique Knowlton

Peter Dreher’s second solo show in New York featured three distinct bodies of work, each comprising paintings of a single subject. Twenty-one small images of a drinking glass belong to his series “Tag um Tag ist Guter Tag” (which roughly translates as “Every day is a good day”); seven large nudes came from a series called “The Naked Ones,” which Dreher began in 1990; and a group of medium—scale (each 17 1/2 by 23 inches) works entitled “The Large Poster in Watercolor” depicted rectangular sections of a single image, a bouquet of spotted pink azaleas bearing the slogan “Einfach so” (Simply so). The very simplicity of all three bodies of work suggests that Dreher’s project is less concerned with painting per se than with the idea of creating art.

The works grouped under “Tag um Tag” (all on ten-by-eight-inch canvases) depict an empty drinking glass on a silvery, slightly reflective

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