Prague

Adriena Šimotová

Veletrzní Palác

Since the ’60s, Czech artist Adriena Šimotová has been concerned with the human body-its physical presence, vulnerability, evanescence, and decay. She has worked primarily with paper since the early ’70s. I say with paper and not on it, for Šimotová uses paper as an almost sculptural medium, emphasizing its material qualities and, above all, its capacity to serve as a kind of physical allegory of human flesh.

This tightly organized retrospective prepared by the National Gallery in Prague and exhibited in the Veletrzní Palác leads off with, several paintings from 1970-73 in which Šimotová’s sensitivity to color is clearly manifest. The graphic elements of these early pictures provide an open scaffolding for the play of color against structure while suggesting a kind of generalized representation. While the space remains the flattened, shallow kind produced by broad zones of color, the pictures

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