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Bettina Samson, Kink (More Honour’d in the Breach) IV, 2015, terracotta, 17 3/4 × 16 1/4 × 13".

Bettina Samson

Galerie Sultana

Bettina Samson, Kink (More Honour’d in the Breach) IV, 2015, terracotta, 17 3/4 × 16 1/4 × 13".

Facing off from opposite ends of the gallery, two small wall-mounted sculptures in Bettina Samson’s recent show bookended a wide spectrum of three-dimensional works. At the entrance was the cratered, amorphous, and mottled More Honour’d in the Breach 1, 2014. The informe incarnate, this hole-riddled green-glazed earthenware object was in stark contrast to the minimalist Bauspiel, 2015, directly across the room. Titled after a Bauhaus building-block set, this orderly construction of wooden letterpress blocks resembles a miniature of a David Smith “Cubi,” 1961–65. Arrayed between these two poles—primitive formlessness versus reason, geometry, and modernity—Samson’s handful of new sculptures ran the gamut of materials, subjects, style, and references.

Presented on pedestals, two two-and-a-half-foot-tall terra-cotta sculptures appeared to have no true front, back, inside,

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