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  • Ellen Berkenblit, Lumivores, 2022, oil on linen, 76 × 114".

    Ellen Berkenblit, Lumivores, 2022, oil on linen, 76 × 114".

    Ellen Berkenblit

    Corbett vs. Dempsey

    Pictured in unvarying profile, the same lithely painted goth girl with a kohl-rimmed eye, sour little mouth, and pointy nose made an appearance in ten of the thirteen paintings comprising Ellen Berkenblit’s show “Umberville.” Yet this was not an exhibition of portraits. In addition to the disaffected cartoon protagonist, the works on view repeated a limited lexicon of stock characters including various feline species and an angelic, golden-haired youth. Assorted props of obscure significance—a French horn, a gramophone horn, a streetlamp, lightbulbs, pink peonies, and bottles of phosphorescent

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