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View of “Jacob Kassay,” 2011.

Jacob Kassay

L&M Arts | Los Angeles

View of “Jacob Kassay,” 2011.

Mounted by a gallery better known for its specialization in works by blue-chip artists than for its fledgling LA-based contemporary program, Jacob Kassay’s first solo West Coast show seemed something of an anomaly. But L&M Arts’ interest in this young painter is no mystery: Regardless of their merit, Kassay’s silvery-reflective monochromes made a splash at auction last fall. Anticipating the cynics, the staff penned a press release that was quick to distance Kassay’s older output from the new work he made for this show. Calling attention to the differences in surface treatment, it announced that his most recent paintings would feature a “surprising yet deliberate lack of reflection.”

If Kassay had demonstrated the savoir faire needed to glide through this awkward impasse, it would certainly have marked him as an artist to watch. Given the opportune colliding of arbitrary prices

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