New York

Ellen Berkenblit

Anton Kern Gallery

Drawings seem to pour out of Ellen Berkenblit like daydreams. That sense of flow comes not just from her prolific, almost diaristic production of small works on paper (as well as paintings, which, are of course more elaborate) but also from the quality of her line, which is all fluidity. Berkenblit’s draftsmanship can be a shade too winsome, but its charm is redeemed by her curious lack of design on the viewer: She seems interested in beguiling mainly herself.

A lithe, otherworldly young woman features in almost all the drawings and paintings here, “woman” being the only designation she receives in the descriptive deadpan of Berkenblit’s titles (a typical one is Woman Under Tree, Bear with Whiskers, but my favorite is Woman with Eye Infection). While this recurring figure doesn’t exactly look like the artist—who lacks that Pinocchio nose, for one thing—she’s obviously a sort of

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