New York

John Currin

Andrea Rosen Gallery

An intriguing survey of seventy-seven works on paper, borrowed from some fifty lenders, was handsomely installed at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, home of the artist’s early career. These drawings— let’s call them that for expediency’s sake (there were numerous watercolors and gouaches as well)—largely date from 1992 to 2002. During that ten-year run, John Currin emerged as a leading proponent of an insouciant, comedic, randy, figurative realism then being explored by a set of young provocateurs that also included Lisa Yuskavage and Ron Mueck.

By 2002, Currin had all but renounced drawing as a manual description in pencil, pen, charcoal stick, etc., upon a paper surface, in favor of a digital generation of images or, possibly, no drawing at all. The recently published picture book John Currin (Rizzoli, 2006) confirms this impression: Considerably more preparatory drawings are illustrated as

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