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Solo Shows

Caroline Kent: A set of symbols

Contributed by Jonathan Goodman / Caroline Kent, a painter based in Chicago, is having her first show at Casey Kaplan. She makes schematic abstract paintings, which have aspects of doubled, mirror-like imagery. An underlying fiction of her art is the presence of twins, Victoria and Veronica, who speak to each other and to the painter’s audience via the works she creates. Kent’s sign-like abstraction involves a set of symbols whose meaning depends not on any explicitly prescribed content but rather on their visual orientation in terms of form and placement.

Gallery shows

The new theatrical space of Amy Lincoln

Contributed by Jason Andrew / Amy Lincoln’s soaring trajectory has locked in the natural world, the phenomena within it, and the epic world of myth. Ten new paintings now on view at Sperone Westwater embrace these pervasive elements while exploring a bold new theatrical space.

Fiction

Fiction: The Real, the Fake, and the Ugly

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / What a mess. And today was doomsday. Eliza Netsua couldn’t get back to sleep, so she dragged herself out of bed at five a.m. Her loft, long ago a sewing sweatshop renovated only insofar as the splintery floors had been sanded and the walls slapped with multiple coats of white paint, was already hot and stuffy. A full-on August heat wave in New York. The gallery was closed for the month and, moreover, it was Monday, a day even she, the assistant director, wouldn’t ordinarily be working….

Artist's Notebook

The postman’s palace in Hauterives

Contributed by Ken Buhler / Imagine the most elaborate, fanciful and bizarre fairy-tale like sand castle possible. Ferdinand Cheval’s masterpiece, Le Palais Idéal, is teeming with, octopi, dragons, ostriches, flamingos, lions, elephants, deer, plants, gods, fairies, giants, and historical figures all interwoven with architectural forms whose references include Hindu, Buddhist, and Egyptian temples, Islamic mosques, and Swiss chalets.

Group Shows

Thinking beyond New York City

Contributed by Sharon Butler / During a quick tour of Vermont, I discovered Benjamin Ward’s new gallery Stella Quarta Decima, or SQD, on Main Street in Manchester. The gallery will feature artists, primarily from Vermont, who work outside the confines of the commercial art market.

Gallery shows

The upstate line

Contributed by Laurie Fendrich / “The Subject is The Line” at the Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, New York, is a handsome, beautifully installed exhibition of the work of fourteen established artists.

Group Shows

A good long look, at Spencer Brownstone

Contributed by Jacob Patrick Brooks / As you walk into “Honoring the Dog-Legging Horizon” at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, something feels off. The sense is vague at first, but it becomes clearer as you alternate between hunching in close or backing up more than usual. The show is hung low, by about a foot, to encourage sitting down, and the work is well worth taking in fully.