Los Angeles

Steve Hurd

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

In his first solo exhibition in seven years and his debut at Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Steve Hurd showed eighteen paintings spanning three years of work. Most familiar were those based on advertising circulars for art supply and frame stores, which faithfully reproduce layouts, wording, and images ranging from the generic prints included in new picture frames to Amedeo Modigliani reproductions. Rendered in a loosely naturalistic style with thin, drippy oil paint, these are reminiscent of Hurd’s previous riffs on the art world, which have included hand-painted reproductions of art magazine covers and reviews of his shows as they appeared in print except stained and littered with malt liquor empties.

Also taking up the theme of art-world machinations and values is Oslo 8–22–04, 2006, a painting based on a still from the security-camera video of the 2004 theft of Edvard Munch’s The Scream,

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