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View of “Maria Taniguchi,” 2016. All works Untitled, 2016.

Maria Taniguchi

Ibid Gallery | London

View of “Maria Taniguchi,” 2016. All works Untitled, 2016.

Known for a diverse practice that includes video, sculpture, and printmaking, since 2008 Maria Taniguchi has also been making black paintings that schematically depict a wall of tiny black bricks. Her recent London show included eight such works, all in vertical formats, with two sizes on view (ninety by forty-five inches and nine by four feet); in the past, she has exhibited much bigger ones—a piece shown in Basel in 2013 was nearly fifteen feet long. Here, as is often the case, the paintings were installed leaning against the wall à la John McCracken. They were also positioned spaciously apart.

In keeping with the repetitive nature of their representation, the paintings are all Untitled, 2016. Though mechanical in appearance, they are assiduously handmade. Taniguchi’s first step is to draw a grid of bricks in pencil on a black ground. Then she fills in each roughly

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