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Huguette Caland, Bribes de corps (Body Fragments), 1973, oil on linen, 19 × 13 3/4". From the series “Bribes de corps,” 1973.

Huguette Caland

Jane Lombard Gallery

Huguette Caland, Bribes de corps (Body Fragments), 1973, oil on linen, 19 × 13 3/4". From the series “Bribes de corps,” 1973.

Was there a single, absolutely straight line in this wonderfully loopy exhibition of the early works of Huguette Caland? Compositions circle back on themselves, forms wobbled, the corners of squares puckered, bisections meandered ever so slightly like rivers through unsteady topography. Encompassing abstract and figurative painting, drawing, and textiles, this efficient show bracketed fifteen productive years—beginning in 1970, the year that Caland, who was born in Beirut in 1931, moved to Paris, and ending in 1985, just before she left for California (like her compatriot Etel Adnan), where she would live until recently relocating. We found an assured artist, swiftly dispensing with any anxiety over the postwar conditions of a woman painting—playfully confirming and contorting our expectations head-on.

Both in situ and chronologically, the show began with just such a

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