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Thomas Schütte

Frith Street Gallery | Golden Square

Modernism was pompous; long live modernism! This is among the contradictory critical sentiments running through Thomas Schütte’s work since the early ’80s. His art, which both undermines and continues artistic traditions of the early twentieth century, grows more complicated and fascinating as he becomes even more accomplished.

On the ground floor of the recently relocated Frith Street Gallery were five large female nudes in bronze, steel, and aluminum, set atop steel tables and surrounded by a related group of delicately colored prints and beautifully rendered Nolde-esque watercolors. As with his ceramic heads—one of which, Green Head, 2006, was also shown—Schütte’s figure sculptures are at once recognizably influenced by artistic precursors and uniquely his own. They immediately suggest modernist greats from Maillol to Picasso and Moore—even Botero. Schütte’s women succeed as stylized,

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