New York

Donna Moylan

Nicole Klagsbrun

Living in Rome for most of the ’80s, American artist Donna Moylan could not help being influenced by the transavanguardia. What Moylan has retained from the movement, beyond a premium on painterliness, is a blithe indifference to the barriers between abstraction and representation. Delicate and blunt, intricate and slapdash, serene and lurid commingle; painstaking ornamental elaboration turns into the impatient, sweeping gesture that would wipe the slate clean; abstract forms and spontaneous effects bump up against precisely rendered images, not without surprise but certainly without antagonism. In Outburst (all works 2000), a painting in her recent show, five precisely delineated hummingbirds soar against a lyrical field of pink and white and red splashes, in which a sprig of white and pink flowers sprouts others that are simply flat white disks with pink centers. Such works may seem to

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