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Friday, January 1st, 2010

John Zinsser at James Graham & Sons


Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery (1976) 2009. Colored pencil and graphite on paper, 18 x 12 inches - click image to enlarge

Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery (1976) 2009. Colored pencil and graphite on paper, 18 x 12 inches - click image to enlarge

On show in the artist’s solo exhibition at James Graham & Sons,  John Zinsser:Art Dealer Archipelagoes, through January 5.  Zinsser, who contributes to artcritical and has participated in the Review Panel, is an abstract painter whose second show at Graham represents a striking departure from his more familiar form.  Dominating the installation is a set of maps in which New York commercial galleries, from particular historic moments, are rendered as imaginary island states and their stable of artists as cities.   “My take isn’t ironic,,” Zinsser remarks. “It reflects a 25-year love affair I’ve had with New York galleries and their exhibitions.   There is something inherently funny about the whole undertaking, the groupings, the borders and implied territories – and a sense of the larger triumph and pathos, those artists who made it and those who didn’t.  An unwritten history here assembles itself–as an amorphous and ultimately felicitous geography.”

This was an artcritical PIC in January 2010


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