• Mark Schlesinger

    Westfälischer Kunstverein

    The straightforward-sounding title of this show, “Paintings 1993–2003 New York—Texas,” turns out to represent a rather surprising journey. Mark Schlesinger was born in New York in 1949, making him part of an age-cohort of painters that includes Ross Bleckner and Jonathan Lasker, and like them he developed a mannerist revision of modernist abstraction. But at the undoubtedly significant age of fifty, Schlesinger left New York for San Antonio. Not so surprisingly, this seems to have caused a profound transformation in his work—or perhaps it was that the urge toward such a transformation prompted

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