reviews

  • Bernard Frize, Nami, 2019, acrylic and resin on canvas, 39 3⁄8 × 31 7⁄8".

    Bernard Frize

    Perrotin | Paris

    Rules can set you free. This credo has defined Bernard Frize’s practice for more than forty years, leading him to design various systems, protocols, and restraints intended to rid his paintings of self-expression. To this end, Frize has, for previous bodies of work, engaged assistants in an intimate choreography whereby six hands worked together, used multiple brushes to map out all the possible moves for a knight on a chessboard, and stretched up dried “skin” harvested from a large basin filled with gallons of house paint. The results of such techniques—mostly large, colorful abstractions—were

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  • Behjat Sadr, Untitled, ca. 1974, oil on aluminum, painted steel, 78 6⁄8 × 39 3⁄8".

    Behjat Sadr

    Balice Hertling | 239 Rue Saint-Martin

    In Le temps suspendu (Time Suspended), Mitra Farahani’s 2006 documentary on the Iranian painter Behjat Sadr, the artist explains that “in painting, you suspend time.” Sadr passed away ten years ago at the age of eighty-five, but in this exhibition, her decades-long practice crystallized in nine oil paintings (one supported by steel struts running from floor to ceiling), seven collages, and four photographs. Her canvases often read as abstractions, but they are squarely grounded in the real: in the materiality of the varied surfaces and the viscosity of oil paint.

    As an art student in Italy in

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