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View of “Ad Reinhardt,” 2013.

Ad Reinhardt

David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street

View of “Ad Reinhardt,” 2013.

The front room of David Zwirner on Twentieth Street was giddy with Ad Reinhardt’s drawings and collages. Staggered frames across the wall presented meticulous drawings of smirking fat cats, slumbering politicians, union laborers, and other characters too quirky to classify. Among the cartoons produced between 1946 and 1961, a vertical flowchart plotted, across dotted lines and sprightly abbreviations of bureaucratic architecture, the path of a bottle of whiskey from a Scotland distillery to a New York liquor store (and, more important, from 97¢ to $7.84). In a drawing two inches tall, a man scratches beneath his fedora and utters the familiar Reinhardtian question, WHAT’S THIS REPRESENT, HUH?—only this time he’s gesturing not at an abstract painting but at a rectangle labeled 16 1/2 PICAS and 6 PICAS. In this exuberant presentation by curator Robert Storr, Reinhardt appeared

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