View of “Jayson Musson,” 2014.

Jayson Musson

Salon 94 | Bowery

View of “Jayson Musson,” 2014.

If the title of Jayson Musson’s second solo exhibition at this gallery, “Exhibit of Abstract Art,” seems oddly generic, it’s not through any lack of sophistication on the part of its maker; the consciously bland moniker refers to the work of another artist—albeit not one generally considered part of the fine-art canon. Ernie Bushmiller was an American illustrator who created the Nancy newspaper comic strip, a long-running classic of the genre that first appeared in 1938 (and which has also been referred to by other artists—most notably Joe Brainard—with the same affectionate reverence applied in a similar context to George Herriman’s Krazy Kat). Intermittently throughout Nancy’s run, Bushmiller would parody the pieties and conventions of modern art, and Musson’s show featured an array of life-size reproductions of the paintings and sculptures that appeared in such

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