In the early 1990s, Joyce Pensato shifted away from what she calls her “atmospheric” abstract paintings of previous decades to a parallel body of works based on charcoal drawings of cartoons, now transferred to black-and-white enamel paintings. Pensato models her paintings not on comic strips or animated cartoons per se but on their afterlives: Utilizing a composite of sources, she paints cartoon-themed objects from her own collection of flat cutouts originally intended as advertisements, and discarded toys. This stunning exhibition of eight large-scale paintings and seven charcoal drawings, all made in a primarily black-and-white palette, was a continuation of her ongoing work in this vein, with cartoon characters serving less as subject than as image. Also available, although not on view, was the photographic edition The Godmother and Mickey’s: A color photograph of the artist,
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