New York

Rosemarie Trockel

The Drawing Center / Barbara Gladstone Gallery

These exhibitions of drawings paired a retrospective look with a contemporary view. “Metamorphoses and Mutations,” at the Drawing Center, featured dozens of knockout works on paper, many from the ’80s, of hybrid, fairy-tale creatures: monkey men; scraggly witches; snouted clowns; a freaky, windblown bird that stands upright; a s/he charmer in fetching Western gear, balls a-poppin’. At the same time, many of Trockel’s portrait drawings are grounded squarely in the real world: She gives us the kid down the block, the woman next door, all the members of the family, somebody’s baby. Trockel swings between extremes with incredible aplomb. Over the years she has honed a mean between the abject primitivism of Joseph Beuys and the visionary fantastics of Sigmar Polke, yet her interest in quotidian domestic experience and family life, which the boys never approached, genders her art from the outset.

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