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David Korty

Kohn Gallery

An adroit stylist, David Korty continued to pursue the washed-out, streamlined neo-Fauvism that defined his last show at Michael Kohn Gallery. The results, all produced in the past year and based on photographs the artist takes himself, are lovely enough—unmistakably of an able hand, a keen sense for color and design, and an eye for isolating images from the fray of the world—laid out in gouache and collage on paper, or in pencil and oil on canvas, sometimes with additions of wax and more collage.

Throughout the exhibition, Korty dealt up witty play between abstraction and representation. Women with Yellow Table, 2010, for instance, exploits a bird’s-eye perspective to generate what is largely a geometric abstraction from a scene of two women, both pushed to the composition’s periphery, assembling triangular and trapezoidal puzzle pieces on a bright yellow tabletop. And in works such as

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