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Tal R, Telephone & Mirror, 2014, oil on canvas, 38 1/4 × 30 3/4".

Tal R

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Tal R, Telephone & Mirror, 2014, oil on canvas, 38 1/4 × 30 3/4".

“I want to make concrete rooms where the experience is absolutely abstract,” says Tal R. I wonder whether the Israeli-born Danish artist realizes that his aspiration is the reverse of that which was held by the American poet Marianne Moore, who famously desired to create “imaginary gardens with real toads in them.” Not a fiction, then, “with a place for the genuine” in it, but a genuine place capable of housing the notional and ideal. Still, Tal R also seems to be, in his own way, one of those whom Moore called “literalists of the imagination.”

The “absolutely abstract” inhabiting the space of the fifteen paintings and twenty-seven drawings that were shown in Tal R’s recent exhibition “Altstadt Girl” is the female nude. (The exhibition also included, for your viewing comfort, a sculpture in the form of a double-sided pink couch, No. 9 T Bone, 2014.) The nude is necessarily abstract

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