New York

Rebecca Quaytman

Spencer Brownstone Gallery

The Sun is Rebecca Quaytman’s latest work: a group of forty uniformly sized plywood panels, which can be arranged in multiple configurations. In this solo exhibition, they were hung in a grid. (A slightly different version of the piece was presented simultaneously in a single long row at the Queens Museum, as part of the group show “Crossing the Line.”) Quaytman’s title refers to the now defunct newspaper that reported the deaths of her paternal grandfather and great-grandfather in a freak train accident just over sixty years ago. The word “sun” also evokes the metaphoric and literal capacity to illuminate and, when spoken aloud, further alludes to a familial role that, as a woman, the artist can never play. Quaytman’s ambitious project interweaves all these associations, but the last is her guiding light—for its reference less to gender per se than to a particular type of inheritance:

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