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Stephen Prina, Blind No. 15, Fifteen-foot ceiling or lower, (Primary Magenta/Phthalo Blue [Red Shade]/Hansa Yellow Opaque/Primary Yellow), 2011, triptych, acrylic on linen, window-blind mechanism, each panel 15' 3 7/8“ x 3' 4 7/8”.

Stephen Prina

Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

Stephen Prina, Blind No. 15, Fifteen-foot ceiling or lower, (Primary Magenta/Phthalo Blue [Red Shade]/Hansa Yellow Opaque/Primary Yellow), 2011, triptych, acrylic on linen, window-blind mechanism, each panel 15' 3 7/8“ x 3' 4 7/8”.

One might reasonably wonder whether or not the review you are now reading is warranted. Though the press release accompanying Stephen Prina’s seventh exhibition at Friedrich Petzel Gallery announced the presentation of “new paintings,” the exhibition nonetheless closely mirrored one staged at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, in 2009.

It’s a fair question. In Boston, as in New York, the paintings were gestural monochromes, executed on the surface of commercial blinds—the bland, single-piece-of-fabric type that rolls up and out of sight when not in use. The double meaning of “blind paintings” is, in and of itself, worth noting, since the implications are meaty. On the one hand, the term refers to a utilitarian object as the ground for painting; on the other, it implies that the object presents a problem—that of how we may consider painting outside of, or shut off from, the

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