New York

Tim Gardner

303 Gallery

Young men at leisure in one another’s company has been a subject of art since the Greeks—and some constants tend to hold across divides of time, taste, and medium. The boy-men will be handsome, perhaps bare-chested, and will display an easy physical camaraderie, a homoerotic innocence. They will be shown accomplishing feats of physical prowess and enjoying the relaxation that follows. They will appear entirely at home in their world, unconscious masters of their environments pausing to taste luxurious youth before, presumably, entering serious masculine enfranchisement. There will usually be a whiff of possible destruction. Think Poussin’s Arcadians, Eakins’s bathers. Think Tim Gardner’s suburban guys.

In his first solo exhibition in New York, Gardner showed thirty-five paintings (four oils on canvas, the rest watercolors on paper; all works 1999). All were called Untitled, with parenthetical

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