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Pauline Stella Sanchez

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Dedicated to “those with no face and no voice,” Pauline Stella Sanchez’s exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery concluded a trilogy of mixed-media shows, begun in 2001, in which the artist engaged with tropes culled from art history, cinema, and architecture. Her trilogy’s untitled Part 1 exhumed astonishing confluences between modernist art and the contemporaneous cult of theosophy, while Part 2, the 2005 “It’s Busted,” clustered around allusions to control, grandeur, and power. Part 3, which was untitled, was concerned with seeing itself, and the ways in which sight is rendered as spectacle. Sanchez’s point of entry to this philosophical subject was Russian Constructivism. The “no face” saluted in her dedication derived from Kasimir Malevich’s Suprematist manifesto, an exhortation for visual art to reach beyond masks of social identity toward a state of “pure feeling.”

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