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Esteban Vicente, Untitled, 1999, oil on canvas, 52 x 42".

Esteban Vicente

Miles McEnery Gallery | 22nd Street

Esteban Vicente, Untitled, 1999, oil on canvas, 52 x 42".

Esteban Vicente died in 2001, having lived to the ripe age of ninety-seven and worked to the end. It was not a bitter end, as his last paintings—thirteen of which were on view in this exhibition—indicate. Made between 1998 and 2000, these bright, colorful abstractions were inspired by the artist’s garden in Bridgehampton, New York, where he lived and worked. Among the flowers he planted were phlox, helianthus, foxgloves, daisies, and morning glories, all apparently in great abundance and carefully cultivated. Registering the effect of sunlight hitting the blossoms, the paintings are a sort of tachistic patchwork of quietly lyrical, atmospheric hues, sometimes amorphously spreading, sometimes striking and concentrated, like the red patches that suddenly appear as spontaneous accents in Untitled, 1999. We are a long way from the scene in Arshile Gorky’s Garden in Sochi,

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