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Arnold Mesches, Eternal Return 7, 2013, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, 20 x 21". From the series “Eternal Return,” 2013–14.

Arnold Mesches

Life on Mars

Arnold Mesches, Eternal Return 7, 2013, acrylic on paper mounted on canvas, 20 x 21". From the series “Eternal Return,” 2013–14.

Arnold Mesches had his first solo show in 1947, and according to the Life on Mars Gallery website, he has by now had 124 of them, which perhaps gives a new meaning to this one’s title, “Eternal Return.” The exhibition included selections from three series of paintings, “Coming Attractions,” 2003–2007; “SHOCK AND AWE,” 2011; and “Eternal Return,” 2013–14. As a title, “Coming Attractions” recalls the fact that Mesches, who spent most of his career in Los Angeles before moving to New York in 1984, worked in the film industry in the 1940s and ’50s. The first work in the series (not in this show) took a grandiose, old-fashioned movie theater as its setting; projected on the screen is a scene of three waiters in an otherwise empty restaurant set out with white tablecloths, as if its clientele were about to turn up any minute—indeed, as if the filmgoing audience they are facing were

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