Friday, July 31, 2020

One Art Gallery Show to See Right Now

By Roberta Smith, Jillian Steinhauer and Martha Schwendener
Don't Come for Me, Unless I Send for You, 2018 Oil on canvas. 51" x 36"
NEW YORK - Galleries and museums are getting creative about presenting work online during the pandemic. Sylvia Maier’s beautifully crafted canvases in “About Sangomas and Soothsayers and Mischief” at Malin Gallery, which you can visit in person or view online, are ideal for this moment in New York. A young man with a Maori-style tattoo on his face appears in many paintings, adding a contemporary element to her work that is countered by works like “The Beheading” (2020), an update of Renaissance and Baroque compositions drawn from biblical stories like Judith beheading Holofernes and referencing the 18th-century Haitian revolution that overthrew the French colonial regime. Through Nov. 1. Malin Gallery, 515 West 29th Street, Manhattan; 646-918-7696, [More
The Word Became Flesh, 2019 Oil on canvas. 48" x 24"

The Beheading (study), 2020 Oil on canvas. 24" x 30"