Varda Caivano, Untitled, 2010, oil and ink on canvas, 34 1/4 x 18 5/8".

Varda Caivano

Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road

Varda Caivano, Untitled, 2010, oil and ink on canvas, 34 1/4 x 18 5/8".

You forget how hard it is to make a really good abstract painting until someone does it and keeps doing it again. Then you notice how surprised you feel. And you forget, too, how rare truly abstract paintings really are—I mean paintings that are not paintings of preconceived, preexisting images but simply of painting. Varda Caivano’s paintings are abstract, and as good as any being made these days. With this exhibition, “Voice,” the Buenos Aires–born Caivano has moved on from being one of London’s most promising younger painters and established herself as one the best painters, of any age, anywhere today.

Some might contest my description of these paintings—all Untitled, 2010—as entirely abstract. They do tend to evoke a sense of landscape. But I would argue that this is merely a fortuitous side effect of Caivano’s use of irregular (that is, non-geometric) forms in

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