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Paulina Olowska, Hunting, 2010, oil on canvas, 69 x 49 1/4".

Paulina Olowska

Metro Pictures

Paulina Olowska, Hunting, 2010, oil on canvas, 69 x 49 1/4".

During the mid-2000s, Paulina Olowska worked ardently to revive a cast of women excluded from the canon of European modernism (for instance, the British Pop painter Pauline Boty in 2006 and the Polish artist Zofia Stryjeńska in 2008); more recently, her overt references to art history have slowly transformed into subtle hints and traces. Olowska has returned to concerns that have been central to her work since her earliest exhibitions: the fashions, styles, and subcultures of late-communist-era Poland—particularly those that defied Soviet austerity, sometimes by imitating the West. Her stunning 2007 debut at Metro Pictures, for example, featured large-scale collaged paintings that blended photographs and text from American and Soviet propaganda magazines with imagery from Poland’s 1980s punk scene. Attractive and nearly glamorous, Olowska’s adept handling of paint in some of

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