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Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 90 x 96".

Jacqueline Humphries

Greene Naftali Gallery

Jacqueline Humphries, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 90 x 96".

In our troubled economy, some people are putting their money into gold. How’s silver doing? In her latest series of abstract paintings, Jacqueline Humphries continues to mine the pictorial and affective valences of silver metallic paint, which appears as the ground in all the pictures. Humphries is someone for whom the political and philosophical questions of representation matter—a critical rather than unambiguously “feeling” type. But vivid, even uncomfortable feelings continue to pull at you, to nag in spectral and parodistic ways. The element of parody does not evacuate emotion; self-conscious feelings are nothing if not acute. Storm and stress, light shattered, no single point of view, nowhere to stand. Nothing could be more perverse than standing in front of one of Humphries’s paintings and maintaining a rigidly stationary pose. The canvases build and recompose themselves

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