This week Roberta Smith reviews Judith Braun's stunning drawings on view at Joe Sheftel. Readers may recall that Braun was one of the contestants on the first season of Bravo's Work of Art but she was cut early in the season after making a finger print drawing with graphite powder.
Most of the WOA contestants have faded from memory, but, perhaps because she was a seasoned NYC artist already, Braun's career has flourished. Here's an excerpt from Smith's glowing review:
It makes sense that Judith Braun, a veteran artist in her 60s, once made paintings of angels; this is because it is hard to believe that the exquisite drawings in her current exhibition were made by human hands. They have a kind of perfection and innocence that seems untouched and that certainly has nothing to do with machines. That would seem to leave angels or some other supernatural force...
Judith Braun, installation view at Joe Sheftel.
Image at top: Judith Braun, Symmetrical Procedure BKS-16-4, 2009, graphite on Duralar, 16 x 16 inches
"Judith Braun: May I Draw," Joe Sheftel, Lower East Side, New York, NY. Through April 21, 2013.
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