last day: Feb 14:
Garth Greenan Gallery, 529 W20th St., NYC
exhibition of paintings and drawings focusing on two bodies of Gitman’s recent work— life-sized “portraits” of fur purses and a series of diminutive drawings based on compositions by the Old Masters. Set against shallow, neutral-colored backgrounds, each of the fur purses is rendered from close, direct observation. Gitman paints in oils, hair by hair. Like her paintings, Gitman’s new figure drawings are also about the erotics of vision. Her tightly cropped figures hover just on the surface of the picture plane, almost within the viewer’s reach. Simultaneously, the medium—graphite on Mylar—lends the images a kind of evanescence, an immaterial quality that makes them difficult to fully grasp.