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Richard Hawkins, Turd Plug to Prevent Nocturnal Insemination, 2016, glazed ceramic in frame, 25 3/4 × 22 3/4 × 3 1/2".

Richard Hawkins

Greene Naftali Gallery

Richard Hawkins, Turd Plug to Prevent Nocturnal Insemination, 2016, glazed ceramic in frame, 25 3/4 × 22 3/4 × 3 1/2".

Having seen a number of Richard Hawkins’s exhibitions over the years, I’ve learned at least one thing: not to expect the next one to look like the last. His most recent show made me realize something more: His works may not even look like what they really are. When I first walked into the gallery—before picking up the press release bearing the show’s title, “Norogachi: Ceramics After Artaud”—the works on view looked like paintings. And that’s not exactly wrong. The twenty-four small works that were on view are paintings, if that means, in the famous definition given by Maurice Denis, “essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order.” But if it means oil or acrylic or the like on canvas or panel, then no: These pieces are made of glazed ceramic, pieced together out of anywhere from four to ten smoothly sliced or roughly carved segments.

Several

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