Behrang Karimi, Air, 2017–19, oil on canvas, 41 3⁄8 × 70 7⁄8".

Behrang Karimi, Air, 2017–19, oil on canvas, 41 3⁄8 × 70 7⁄8".

Alastair Mackinven and Behrang Karimi

Maureen Paley

Initially, Maureen Paley’s website presented little information about this exhibition of new paintings by Alastair Mackinven and Behrang Karimi: only an image of an ornate twin-spouted vinaigrette vessel—a nod, perhaps, to the artists’ shared love of enigma. A few days later, a fragmented press text reinforced this notion. In it, Mackinven wrote, “Red pink and purple . . . from the comedian the audience wants new material, from the touring band the audience wants old material and from the artist . . .” Raising questions of artistic consistency and gregarious eclecticism, Mackinven’s text continued: “fire . . . . . . part of this was painted in a damp warehouse, industrial ghosts are making Spectres redundant. M.E.S. said this.” The statement was a reference to his studio’s industrial setting in East London and to the recently deceased leader of the Manchester, UK, band the Fall, Mark E.

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