New York

Katurah Hutcheson

Kasmin | 293 Tenth Avenue

There are paintings, and photographs as well, too reticent or self-absorbed to offer potential viewers a way in. More like objects than images, they most readily call to mind Maurice Blanchot’s observation that works of art are self-enclosed worlds only “open to those who possess the key,” which is simply “the enjoyment and understanding of a certain taste.” So works like these are accessible after all, at least to a viewer whose taste is for being left free to respond without exactly having been called. Such a taste will handily unlock Katurah Hutcheson’s work, represented at Kasmin by dense, slightly lopsided, almost achromatic paintings; tiny, ghostly, black-and-white photographs; and several different kinds of works on paper. In their material forthrightness the paintings are close at times to those of Manzoni or Ryman, but in Hutcheson’s canvases the singlemindedness of those artists’

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