New York

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#16-19), 2019, oil and spray paint on canvas, 60 1⁄2 × 54 1⁄2".

Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#16-19), 2019, oil and spray paint on canvas, 60 1⁄2 × 54 1⁄2".

Rebecca Morris

Bortolami

For more than twenty-five years, Rebecca Morris has been constructing a visual language that can be read as obtuse yet direct, historical and personal, abstract but also unabashedly literal. Her syntax is composed of a sparse but growing number of motifs that recur within a seemingly infinite number of inflections. Shapes get slurred. Squares become round. Edges bleed. Patterns are executed with reckless imprecision. Grids feel like fishing nets, unyielding but malleable. Lines function as cartographic divisions, tentative embraces, or cartoon snakes—sometimes all at once. In this most recent presentation, the artist’s vocabulary expanded even further, across nine oil paintings.

A few weeks into Morris’s inaugural exhibition at Bortolami, the gallery temporarily shut its doors and joined the rest of New York in a collective lockdown due to Covid-19. The show reopened in July, but with a

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