reviews

  • Mark Baseman

    The Harwood Museum of Art

    This exhibition of Marc Baseman’s graphite–and–powdered pigment miniatures brought together eighteen works made between 2000 and 2003 as well as a vitrine-filling assortment of slightly larger graphite drawings and woodcut prints from 1996. The artist’s kaleidoscopic worlds—which measure two and seven-eighths inches by two and one-fourth inches—are part Dick Tracy and part Piranesi, as seen through a Pee Wee’s Playhouse microscope.

    Baseman’s compositions always contain a central building, bird, or insect, which anchors the picture and causes the eye to make the circuit of its crowded periphery.

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