New York

Jean-Marc Bustamante

Matthew Marks Gallery

Scheduling Jean-Marc Bustamante’s exhibition to open at almost the precise moment the MOMA Pollock retrospective was closing was good timing. Bustamante, a Frenchman born in 1952, is just old enough to have felt the oppressive weight of postwar, particularly American, abstract painting in Europe, the legacy of which is an apparent subtext of his new “Panorama” series (all works 1999). At first, the title of the show, “A Wall with a View,” seemed ironic. The presentation resembled a conventional exhibition of abstract paintings, in marked contrast to the engagement with the gallery architecture for which the artist is most well known. The shades were drawn, and all the light was focused on the eight works on view. Six of these consist of sheets of translucent Plexiglas covered with monochromatic gestural strokes (another work is two-tone, and one comprises three panels). Many share certain

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