Holland writes that both Lapin and James are artists who "make ostensibly abstract paintings, but who use the art of the past in a self-consciously Post-Modern sort of way. They quote it, in other words, deconstruct it, 'employ it', to use James’ utilitarian terminology, 'as a tactic.' ... both artist use the language of strategies, of doing things like reconfiguring our notions of art history and referring, as is more or less obligatory now, to Deleuze..." "Intriguing paintings" happen, Holland argues, when these strategies fail.
James Kalm visits two exhibitions: Five from LA at Galerie Lelong and Kassay, Overton, Morris at Mitchell-Innes and Nash. Five from LA "features paintings by... Whitney Bedford, Kirsten Everberg, Alexandra Grant, Iva Gueorguieva and Annie Lapin... all California based painters who meld representation with abstraction or the mediation of pigment... Mitchell-Innes & Nash presents works by a trio of reductive abstract artists that blur the boundaries between painting sculpture and installation."
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