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Richard Bosman, Night Studio, 1979, acrylic on paper, 30 × 22".

Richard Bosman, Night Studio, 1979, acrylic on paper, 30 × 22".

Richard Bosman

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery

Richard Bosman is renowned for his noirish paintings, which often feel like settings for the artist himself to play out his hard-boiled fantasies full of bloody knives, mutilated bodies, and dimly lit mise-en-scènes. Yet the artist’s crude brushwork and comic-book aesthetics—along with a generous dollop of black humor—frequently lighten the load. But Bosman’s exhibition at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, which featured nine modestly sized acrylic-on-paper paintings made between 1979 and 1980, struck a decidedly different tone and seemed more indebted to the stylings of ’50s science fiction and mystical fantasy than to Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade. This was because the works mark a critical transition in the artist’s career, before the femmes fatales and gumshoes, when Bosman abandoned abstraction and embraced the “expressive figuration” (per the show’s press release) that has defined his art

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