Raoul De Keyser, Drift, 2008, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 × 17 1/2".

Raoul De Keyser

David Zwirner | London

Raoul De Keyser, Drift, 2008, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 × 17 1/2".

Although this exhibition, “Raoul De Keyser: Drift,” curated by Ulrich Loock, included forty-eight paintings spanning four decades, at its heart were the artist’s final works, from 2012: a group of twenty-two small paintings collectively titled “The Last Wall” and installed as they had hung in his studio. Situated on one central pale-gray wall and arrayed unevenly along its entire length, these pieces, like his earlier paintings, tantalized in their rough-hewn, unrefined nature.

The casualness of their grouping accorded with the spirit of their production. For example, Flooded in Brown, 2012, measuring less than six by nine inches, is, as its title implies, predominantly brown; two thick lines of white paint have been dragged stutteringly across the top and a thin swath of green has been laid onto the bottom plane. Suggesting a horizon or landscape, or even a sideways Barnett Newman,

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