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Lynn McCarty, Changing Perception, 2017, oil on aluminum, 30 x 32".

Lynn McCarty

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Lynn McCarty, Changing Perception, 2017, oil on aluminum, 30 x 32".

Curator Mark Rosenthal’s magisterial essay “Abstraction in the Twentieth Century”—a text written to accompany an exhibition he organized for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1996—notes the “forbidding appearance” of abstract art. Abstraction, he writes, is peculiarly inaccessible, even intimidating—often “self-contained, and too often hermetic. ” Lynn McCarty’s work serves as a powerful riposte to this statement. Splendidly colorful and intricately formed, her paintings—twenty-one examples of which were on display in this excellent show—are sensuously inviting, emotionally engaging, and seductively exciting.

McCarty’s art has an ecstatic gusto. The works are “created from layers of accumulated ‘pours’ of paint,” she writes, which gives them an uncanny fluidity, all the more uncanny because the painterly surfaces have a haptic quality: The

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