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Keith Tyson

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

Given the critical antagonism that still faces painting—a sense of abstraction’s diminishing returns, the apparent anachronism of representation, and the assumption of market complicity—the decision to work in the medium today cannot be an easy one to make. Though cautionary notes have, since the 1980s, been repeated to the point of banality, they still represent hurdles to be negotiated before many viewers are willing even to consider what else the artist in question might be up to. Some artists operate with a fierce, perhaps reactionary disregard for such critical touchstones, while others have turned them inside out to produce works that advance the critical profile of the medium and the discourse around it. Still others are mindful of the discursive landscape to a fault, producing work that addresses what cannot be done more insistently than what might still be possible. Keith Tyson’s

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