Robert Greene

Robert Miller Gallery

Too many critics have put Robert Greene and his work on a boat bound for Cythera or Arcadia, someplace fantastic, because his paintings seem to embody more than anything else the dreaminess of dreamlands. But while they frequently have an element of anything-is-possible magic, what makes them interesting is their openness to the fleeting moments that make up life: the dazzle of some cute unknown mowing the lawn with his shirt off as you pedal by on your bike, or the superlative beachiness of the late spring evening light, or a dog’s irresistibly pleasing adoration of its master.

The standard poodles for which Mandel, Martin & Marsden, 1998, is entitled climb on a steep rocky slope in a green wood. Greene’s canvases are often populated by frisky canines, and his relationship to the medium reflects the give-and-take of master and dog. Rambunctious then calm, surprising, allowed to have a mind

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