New York

Karin Davie

Marianne Boesky Gallery / Mary Boone Gallery

Over the years Karin Davie has done several variations on stripe painting, but now (in paintings at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, works on paper at Mary Boone) she seems to be putting that well-worn modernist trope through what geologists call a metamorphism—the kind of deformation that occurs under the effect of extreme heat or pressure. The vertiginously looping bands of color in these paintings almost give the illusion of having been formed by compression. Works like Under and Gush (all 1999), which are horizontal in format and comprise horizontal loops, somehow evoke paintings of vertical stripes—vertical paintings, in fact—that have been squeezed at their top and bottom, so that the horizontal format seems less a literal fact about the paintings than the result of some intense pressure. Similarly, the vertically formatted Fever and Distraction feel as if they had once

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