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Kate Shepherd, womantorse daz3d2 Draw-On-1.lrfr(three scenes), 2014, triptych, oil and enamel on panel, overall 6' × 11' 2".

Kate Shepherd

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York

Kate Shepherd, womantorse daz3d2 Draw-On-1.lrfr(three scenes), 2014, triptych, oil and enamel on panel, overall 6' × 11' 2".

The surfaces of Kate Shepherd’s paintings in “Fwd: The Telephone Game” are glossy, rich, and warm, even when the colors are cool. Made on large wood panels, the works feature compositions of thin white lines in oil applied to unmodulated fields of enamel. These lines appear chaotic at first—they form jagged angles, jointed curves, and sprays like fallen pins—but on sustained viewing, familiar shapes emerge: We recognize an angle as the bend of an elbow, a curve as the swell of a hip, and two or three quick, short lines as the outline of a nipple. Some works engender these flashes of recognition more quickly than others. In the diptych daz woman david feet.s15, 22.widened (jester stance) (all works 2014), for instance, the left-hand panel clearly features a pair of feet, while in the panel to the right, the shapes are similar yet skewed; they float toward abstraction, as

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