New York

Donald Moffett

Marianne Boesky Gallery | 509 West 24th Street

Queer variations on a theme, the fourteen coquettish canvases in “Easy Clean,” Donald Moffett’s most recent exhibition at Marianne Boesky, all service the same end. In the front gallery, Moffett showed three monochromes, bristly sculptural paintings resembling patches of Astroturf or dense clusters of flagella (each a sliver of oil paint squeezed directly from the tube). Cut with holes, the canvases reveal the walls in simple shapes—an exclamation mark, a matrix of dots, and an array of overlapping circles.

The main gallery featured work no less corporeal for being less hirsute: eleven canvases, muted and tawny, that hung on the back wall as if lined up for a firing squad. Pieces of stretched material, either linen or cotton duck, peppered with zippers and tidy, thumb-size holes, these works are tight in their execution, and suggest bondage hoods and snug pairs of jeans. They also recall

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