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Charles Koegel, Who Knows, 2010, acrylic, oil, and spray-painted grass on canvas, 70 × 62".

Charles Koegel

Waterhouse & Dodd

Charles Koegel, Who Knows, 2010, acrylic, oil, and spray-painted grass on canvas, 70 × 62".

The dozen abstract paintings by in this show tracked the development of the Brooklyn-based artist Charles Koegel’s work over the past eight years. Titled “Color Maps,” the exhibition began with thoroughly geometric pieces such as Best Kept Secret, 2008, and White Lotus, 2010, and concluded with the more visually complex Echoes, 2015, and Emulsion, 2016. These final works read as an extended homage to the history of abstraction: Josef Albers paid homage to the square, but, with Echoes, Koegel honors to a gestural matrix at a square’s center. Emulsion displays a variety of marks, each a different abstract “text” of sorts. If they are read from left to right, they provide an abbreviated history of abstract art, a shorthand summary of its visual ideas. Though some of Koegel’s paintings deploy a vocabulary of marks that today may feel cliché, his most intriguing works have enough

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