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Tomma Abts

Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch

It’s not often that we get to see new work by Tomma Abts. The artist’s labor-intensive process only allows her to produce about ten paintings a year, so it is with a certain excitement that one waits to see whether she has succeeded in further refining her concentrated, steadily developing oeuvre.

This show was sparse, consisting of five paintings and eight drawings, with each medium presented separately on a different floor. The paintings, displayed downstairs, were hung in a row and generously spaced on one long wall. In this simple hang, Abts introduced delicate but crucial nuances characteristic of the way she creates her sense of space and illusion. Her painting is, after all, concerned with boundaries, overlappings, and contradictions among sensory perception and pictorial space—abstract motifs give the illusion of three-dimensionality but then shift to a graphic, two-dimensional

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