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René Daniëls, Kades-Kaden (Quays-Quays), 1987, oil on canvas, 41 1/2 x 55 1/8".

René Daniëls

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René Daniëls, Kades-Kaden (Quays-Quays), 1987, oil on canvas, 41 1/2 x 55 1/8".

Foolish, it seems, to not begin with the bow ties when considering this rare US exhibition of René Daniëls’s paintings, drawings, and watercolors, as that motif is the most complicated (and celebrated) of his “architectures.” Rendered as a cartoony graphic—two receding rectangles joining at a small square, suggesting a perspectival view of a room—the form has nearly become a brand for the artist. Daniëls, who is based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, began painting this icon in 1984 and stopped in 1987, when his career was interrupted by a brain aneurysm that led to a long hiatus from artmaking. In recent years, he has returned to painting and revived the motif, which is part of what makes this an apt moment to reconsider his output of the 1980s. Executed speedily with punk panache, these works come together as an inquiry into the apparatuses of art viewership. With his

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