Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mary Carlson knows what evil looks like

By Stephen Maine
Mary Carlson, “Judas (after Giotto)” (2015), glazed porcelain, 5 1/2 x 4 x 3 inches
NEW YORK---What does evil look like? The Prince of Darkness takes many forms in Christian iconography; representing him in such a fabulous array of guises must have been a welcome break in the routine for Renaissance painters hired to depict saints and sinners, prophets and patrons. We surmise from Demons, on view at Elizabeth Harris Gallery through December 3, that Mary Carlson has some favorites. The show includes eighteen recent works in glazed porcelain, the largest of which is seven inches high. They are derived from Old Master paintings and prints, about half of them from Giotto’s frescos for the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua (dedicated in 1306). [link]