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Alexander Ross

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WITH TWO ACCLAIMED solo shows in two years, Alexander Ross has become his own hard act to follow. Of course, given his highly developed imagery and the reception it has enjoyed, he could have coasted through this exhibition. But Ross is too smart to make the same painting over and over. So while he has not abandoned the tenets of his practice, he has pushed and distorted them in subtle but significant ways. The changes do not entirely work: This group of nine paintings and seven drawings (all Untitled, all except two from 2000) did not fully cohere, and there was an agitated buzz in the images, as if more had been packed into them than they could hold. But such passages of awkwardness are healthy for any artist, especially one who has derived great power from restraint and exactitude.

Ross's signature is a curiously detailed still life of an indeterminate blob, clearly made of green

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