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Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2004, mixed media on canvas, 7' 5 1/4“ × 10' 10 3/4”.

Anselm Reyle

Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie (CFA)

Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2004, mixed media on canvas, 7' 5 1/4“ × 10' 10 3/4”.

This was Anselm Reyle’s first solo show since his announcement in early 2014 that, for the time being, he would neither make nor exhibit new work. True to this resolution, the exhibition did not feature new pieces: On view was a single series that the artist regards as complete as of this self-imposed hiatus—the definitive date in the show’s prosaic title, “Streifenbilder/Stripe Paintings, 2003–2013,” indicating as much.

The exhibition was a look back of sorts, then, and another first for Reyle: He had never presented a solo show entirely dedicated to one ensemble and the stages of its evolution. A fitting exercise for an artist who has decided to take time to reflect and take stock: Reyle is reviewing his work and thinking about where to take it going forward; he felt he needed to disentangle himself from the market and its constant pressure to produce. He may not be sure

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