New York

Glen Baxter

Lombard-Fried Projects

GLEN BAXTER'S WORK hasn't changed much, happily, since he last showed it in New York, fifteen years ago; he remains one of the few artists who will make you burst out laughing, or at least who will do so on purpose. And his devices to manage this trick haven't changed much either. What I had forgotten, though, after years of seeing his images only in reproduction, was how pretty they are in the flesh.

Baxter grew up in Yorkshire in the '40s and '50s, and his work is suffused with the England of way back when. It is as deeply English as the work of Robert Crumb is deeply American—Crumb being another artist whose sharply humorous book- and magazine-based uses of image and text have made him a reputation as a cartoonist, but whose images bloom in gallery display. The two are also about the same age (Crumb was born in 1943, Baxter in '44), but while Crumb will forever be linked to the

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