ROCHELLE FEINSTEIN is always reinventing her sources. Born in 1947, she only started experimenting with an abstract style of painting in the 1990s, consciously developing a practice equally receptive to history, everyday objects and language, and personal experience. Twenty-five years of her art can now be seen in her first extensive retrospective, “Rochelle Feinstein: I Made a Terrible Mistake,” curated in Munich by Stephanie Weber. (The exhibition opened in Geneva and will travel to Hannover, Germany, next month and to New York in 2018, with different curatorial permutations and show titles along the way.) In Feinstein’s work, life crashes into art’s history in amusing or nostalgic wayssometimes quite literally, as in the 1996 print on linen Dinner Party, in which a seating arrangement clusters around a Malevichesque black square. Painting’s power to build and revise
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