New York

Richard Wright

Gagosian Gallery (21)

The wall drawings of British artist Richard Wright have an austere grandeur, even when he bypasses a traditional strength of the mural form—its command of large architectural expanses—in favor of corners and crannies. Most memorably in this show, Wright filled the somewhat cramped, visually unapproachable ceiling recess around a skylight with diverging and converging blue and black lines, here forming dense dark nests, there open, white eye shapes. The black iron crosses configured in one corner lost their sinister connotations through repetition into pattern. The show’s centerpiece was a column of vertical scalloped lines on the back wall that spread at its top into sweeping wings, variations in the width and spacing of the red arcs creating subtle illusions of density and transparency. Finally, a group of works on paper showed that Wright occasionally abandons his apparent sobriety for

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