New York

Barnaby Furnas

Marianne Boesky Gallery

In his second New York solo show in as many years, painter Barnaby Furnas continues to operate in a productive zone between figuration and abstraction, surface and spatiality, narrative and structural modes of imagemaking. The seemingly limitless fodder for formal discourse produced by his practice seems likely to make Furnas something of poster boy for the next installment of the “Whither painting?” debate. Yet for all its theoretical availability, the proof of the artist’s work is decidedly in the viewing: His skillful and occasionally flat-out dazzling paintings reward extended engagement.

Furnas’s works on paper from the last three years demonstrate the same seductive violence as the large canvases that first brought him attention. His vibrant, fractured compositions and confident surfaces—here primarily watercolor, sometimes deployed in concert with ink and urethane—suggest the cartoonish

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