Robert Bordo, DWI, 2012, oil on canvas, 45 x 55".

Robert Bordo

Alexander and Bonin

Robert Bordo, DWI, 2012, oil on canvas, 45 x 55".

Born in Montreal, Robert Bordo has been a New Yorker for forty years, and his work a point of reference for painters here since his first exhibition at the Brooke Alexander Gallery in 1987. Does the title of his most recent show, “Three Point Turn,” signal a volte-face, a recantation? Thankfully not. But while Bordo hasn’t shifted into reverse, he has changed gears, as could be seen by comparing the eleven new paintings (from 2012 and 2013) exhibited on the ground floor at Alexander and Bonin with the eleven older ones upstairs (two from 1996, the rest from between 2007 and 2011). A telegraphic way of describing the change might be to say that Bordo’s earlier paintings, which verge on both abstraction and landscape, have affinities with works by artists of a tender and sometimes tentative touch such as Raoul De Keyser and Sylvia Plimack Mangold, whereas his more recent pieces

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