Dale Henry, Red Clouds, 1966, oil on linen, 14 3/8 x 9 1/4".

Dale Henry

Pioneer Works

Dale Henry, Red Clouds, 1966, oil on linen, 14 3/8 x 9 1/4".

There’s a fine line between enigma and aggrandizement. A piece of wood placed on the wall can become an object of fascination or a facile object—it’s all in the position of the thing. In poetry, meter makes the difference. Similarly, in the oeuvre of the artist Dale Henry, it’s where emphasis is placed while handling material. If anyone knew what to make of fine lines, it was Henry.

“Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York,” curated by Alanna Heiss, Richard Nonas, and Dustin Yellin, was a remarkable exhibition. (First realized downtown at the Clocktower Gallery last fall, the show moved to Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this winter, when the gallery took up its yearlong residency there, and Pioneer Works founder Yellin added his assistance.) You were immediately made aware that you were inside someone’s arcane system, particularly when viewing the dramatic hanging of

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