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Sidney Tillim

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Sidney Tillim was a true-blue American as well as a modernist in the European tradition: Re loved movies, served in the army, began his working life as a baseball reporter; he was also an important critic, a trained painter, a connoisseur of photomechanical reproduction. These two aspects of his life combined to inform his painting practice for fifty years, pulling it between figuration and abstraction, the disarmingly direct and the academic, the humorous and the sober.

Tillim’s last show (sadly, he died unexpectedly as this issue was going to press) consisted of eight new canvases that draw on newsworthy events and popular culture: the murder of Manhattan socialite Irene Silverman by a mother-and-son team of grifters; Yankee pitcher David Cone’s perfect game; and memorable scenes from a range of movies, including Johnny Guitar and American Beauty. The images provide a certain amount of

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