New York

Joe Zucker

Paul Kasmin Gallery and Nolan/Eckman Gallery

At first glance, the “Open Storage” series from 2005, that Joe Zucker exhibited recently at Paul Kasmin Gallery and the “Container Ships” series from 2004–2005 shown concurrently at Nolan/Eckman Gallery both seem to display the verve that has marked the course of a lengthy career, but one show bears the impression out more satisfactorily than the other.

The works in both groups are geometrically structured, though the pictorial scales on which they depend are macro and micro, respectively. In the former series, Zucker “stores” everyday objects by rendering them as life-size illustrational outlines contained by square or rectangular, lidded, framelike boxes. Each depiction (apart from one incongruous representation of a volcano) is pseudopersonalized by the titular qualifier “my,” in acknowledgement of its origin in the artist’s studio, but remains fundamentally generic, banal. The images

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