New York

Jon Pylypchuk

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

A few works by Jon Pylypchuk in a group show at this gallery back in September brought a whisper of hope that the coming New York season might promise something a little different. While his influences are readily apparent (from Dubuffet to Mike Kelley), Pylypchuk’s work is fresh and witty, and there is certainly nothing quite so folksy and disarming around at the moment—which seems to be marked by unfailingly good taste, low risk, and certain formal refinement. (I’m thinking about everything from Jorge Pardo’s floor at Dia to Ricci Albenda’s recent installation at Andrew Kreps.)

Of course, gaucherie is not in itself immune to preciousness, but Pylypchuk’s work has more the irreverence of Dada collage, despite the fey title of his New York solo debut, “The Crying, No Arms Mournful Thoughts Society.” For six years, Pylypchuk (who often goes by the pseudonym Rudy Bust) has been working with

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