New York

Jordan Kantor

Artists Space Exhibitions

Jordan Kantor’s outwardly unassuming canvases walk a line between the relaxed and the restrained, between pop-cultural immediacy and coded academic reference. In flat, affectless strokes, the San Francisco– based painter plots a highly selective and carefully edited course through the visual landscape of contemporary reportage, ranging across a thematically vast but tonally claustrophobic space. Leaning heavily but intelligently on the methodologies of Gerhard Richter and Luc Tuymans (“The Tuymans Effect,” Kantor’s detailed examination of the Belgian painter’s prevailing influence, appeared in these pages in November 2004), he uses photojournalism as a base from which to distill a deceptively casual sequence of images possessed of peculiar gravitas.

As Matt Saunders observes in his efficient catalogue essay, Kantor’s paintings share—along with unfussy handling and a basis in

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