Robert Lostutter, Kyōsei 1 Deep Night Garden, 2018, graphite on paper, 18 × 17 1⁄4".

Robert Lostutter

Corbett vs. Dempsey

Robert Lostutter’s exhilaration with drawing—“Nothing excites me more than a sharpened pencil and a clean white sheet of paper,” he has said—was abundantly evident in “Kyōsei,” his third exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey. Twenty-six meticulously crafted graphite-on-paper images lined the gallery’s walls. In each of the smaller, ten-inch-square works that hung on one wall, a single masculine head occupied the center of a delicately hatched ground. Facing them, two larger drawings—Kyōsei 1 Deep Night Garden and Kyōsei 2 Deep Night Garden, both 2018—depicted figures from the chest up. This intimate scale solicited viewers’ close attention, which the drawings’ nuanced tonal shifts immediately rewarded. In some of the pictures, a dense gray setting pushed the central figure forward, while in others, a lighter ground emphasized a gracefully modeled neck. Each of the smaller works depicted a

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