New York

Joyce Kozloff

DC Moore Gallery

Joyce Kozloff’s “Boys’ Art” is a series of twenty-four collaged drawings based on maps, diagrams, and illustrations of mostly obscure historic battles. In these works diminutive figures in Napoleonic, Meso-American, Arabian, Mongolian, and superhero regalia preen, strut, sneak, march, and clash in colorful, lushly detailed landscapes that recall one of Kozloff’s acknowledged influences, Henry Darger. Much of the allure of these drawings stems from the pursed-lipped schoolboy earnestness with which they seem to have been executed, while the complexity of each work—the minute formations preparing to square off in Boys’ Art #24: Siege of Antibes, 1592, 2003, for example, or the battalions of horses and elephants charging into chaos in Boys’ Art #8: Battle of Panipat, 1739, 2003—suggests an aesthetic meditation parallel in its intensity to the sense of portent that must have underscored the

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