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Alexi Worth

Bill Maynes Gallery

“Gerberman at Large,” Alexi Worth’s recent short series of paintings, follows the romantic trajectory of a character who, being balding, bespectacled, and middle-aged, looks a little like me, though maybe somewhat more feckless (I would like to think). Gerberman hangs out ungracefully in the art world—in three of the five paintings he is at an opening, strikingly at sea among the little black dresses—and it struck me that the series might be an artist’s ironic self-portrait. So I asked my editor (Worth writes for Artforum in addition to being a painter) whether this was so. Oh no, I was told, Alexi is handsome. Since I, of course, am handsome too, Gerberman can’t look as much like me as I thought.

I may have been hoping the works were self-portraits, though, because that would have clarified Worth’s attitude toward his character. Gerberman seems to me a benign misfit. Solitary, a mite

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