Caroline Walker, Adrift, 2017, oil on linen, 31 1/2 x 23 5/8".

Caroline Walker


Caroline Walker, Adrift, 2017, oil on linen, 31 1/2 x 23 5/8".

“Goes to LA once” would be one way to describe “Sunset,” the Los Angeles debut of Scottish-born, London-based painter Caroline Walker, for its preoccupation with warm, reflective surfaces—but such an indictment may not be entirely warranted. Walker’s fixation on Southern California stretches back to 2016 at least, as manifested in her solo outing at Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam, “The Racquet Club,” for which the artist drew from Palm Springs to articulate her peculiar nostalgia for midcentury resort living. The banality that underwrites her ritzy panoramas decelerates her finish fetish, giving a look of a sustained attention to her subjects. Yet her measured arrangement of all the kitsch totems and pretensions that have come to stand in for a particularly lobotomized affect supposedly native to upscale subdivisions—a near-eugenicist obsession with fitness and cleansing,

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