New York

Lucy Stein

BROADWAY 1602 | Uptown

Mounted in the office of Broadway 1602 during Lucy Stein’s show was a small drawing made in ink on the kind of informational flyer found in college infirmaries—this one detailing the bodily dangers of bulimia. The drawing depicts a liberated Gibson Girl, with a hand, presumably of a man, reaching between her legs and approximately aligning with a medical illustration, printed on the flyer, of the digestive tract. Penned in fluid cursive at the top is a statement: STAND UP AND BE YOUR OWN CLICHÉ.

For the past several years, market critique has run through certain veins of painting. In such works, signs and gestures are meant to carry out tactics of deflection or flight or to question the work’s status as commodity. In contrast, and in what Broadway 1602’s Anke Kempkes describes in this show’s catalogue as a “(post) feminist stance,” Stein has an “expressive, self-absorbed, figurative painting

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