Joshua Neustein (b. 1940), who showed his first deconstructed painting, Shear Stress, at Mary Boone Gallery in 1978, is having his first NYC solo in twenty years at Untitled this month. Claiming “control” as the primary issue, Neustein has carefully arranged painted plastic tarps, raw canvas, stretchers, furniture and other objects around the space. According to the press release, the exhibition is about the “impossibility of control, and the humiliation inherent in uncontrollability.” Unfortunately, many of the objects are so formally handsome and painstakingly arranged that control seems entirely possible, if not the only possible outcome. The visceral has gotten lost in the details.
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