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Chris Caccamise, Geometric Abstraction Will Save America, 2010, enamel on Bristol paper, 21 x 21 x 3".

Chris Caccamise

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Chris Caccamise, Geometric Abstraction Will Save America, 2010, enamel on Bristol paper, 21 x 21 x 3".

GEOMETRIC ABSTRACTION WILL SAVE AMERICA, reads the eponymous text of one of Chris Caccamise’s 2010 constructions, fourteen of which were on display in the artist’s fifth New York solo exhibition. A bold claim indeed. But while Uncle Sam’s travails may have led some to trumpet yet again the death of irony, such reports are, as ever, greatly exaggerated. Neither an abstract revival nor Caccamise’s works themselves—in spite of their abundant charm—seems likely to make much impression on the country at large. Caccamise’s show has the visual appeal of a well-designed toy and the verbal cleverness of a hipster T-shirt, and it presses all the right historical-critical buttons, but it is also just a bit too amiable.

Caccamise has made all the works here in the same way, assembling three-dimensional letterforms and supporting structures from smooth Bristol paper, painting them in

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