new-york

Barbara Bloom

Tracy Williams, Ltd.

Tracy Williams operates one of the few New York gallery spaces that could still be described as charming. Visitors must duck into a diminutive, below-ground-level doorway before being escorted into the first of two rambling floors of a Greenwich Village brownstone. To remark that the space still bears a tangible whiff of domesticity simply by virtue of its rooms’ scale and design would be an understatement. Yet this willful lack of neutrality does more than spark nostalgia for a less uniform New York art world. Williams has crafted a program of exhibitions by artists whose practices are well framed by the stubborn clamor of the lived-in, with its sloping floorboards and exposed heating pipes, to say nothing of its constant evocation of the body.

Take Barbara Bloom, who, for her first solo show at the gallery, presented “Takes One to Know One,” a collection of works that took over Williams’s

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