April 13, 2009

Lois Dodd: Like a house on fire

Alexandre Gallery presents six recent large-scale paintings that octogenarian Lois Dodd painted during the final years of the Bush Presidency. Each depicts the image of a rural house set fully ablaze; bright orange, red and yellow flames with billowing smoke engulf the house that will surely burn to the ground. In two paintings a stream of water or a lone fireman seem ineffectual in reversing the devastation. Dodd's paintings have an unsentimental, no-nonsense directness grounded in observation. Let's give thanks that the Bush years are over and the rebuilding has begun.

"Lois Dodd: Fire," Alexandre Gallery, New York, NY. Through April 25.

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