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Friday, February 10th, 2012

Batman Returns: Joyce Pensato introduces color and studio detritus at Friedrich Petzel


Joyce Pensato, Batman, 2012. Enamel on linen, 80 x 80 inches. Courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

Joyce Pensato, Batman, 2012. Enamel on linen, 80 x 80 inches. Courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

Batman Returns, and so does color in this iconically chromophobe – or to accentuate the positive, rigorously restrictive – painter, usually, in black, white and silver.  Pensato started painting Batman in her no holds barred fast, masterfully goofy calligraphic idiom in the mid-1970s but the caped hero was thrust aside in the intervening years by such usurpers as Donald Duck and Homer, both of whom are still presences in this gutsy – almost literally! – display of painterly bravura.  Also new: detritus from the artist’s recently vacated studio.  Anyone who is still peddling the line that AbEx painting is inherently macho and remote from popular culture needs to take a careful look at Pensato: heiress equally to Pollock and Warhol and a fearless feminist to boot.

Joyce Pensato: Batman Returns is on view through February 25 at 537 West 22nd Street, Tel (212) 680-9467.

The exhibition will be discussed at The Review Panel at the National Academy Museum on February 24


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2 Responses to Batman Returns: Joyce Pensato introduces color and studio detritus at Friedrich Petzel

  1. elisa jensen says:

    Just saw Joyce Pensato’s show today. Am totally bowled over. The raw energy coupled with painterly mastery is really amazing. Loved all the stuff. Made me want to be in the studio too. So happy to have a peek into the process. Thanks!

  2. CAP says:

    Doesn’t anyone worry about the long-term stability of household enamels anymore? Pollock was supposed to be a lesson. Or is that part of the decadent subtext now?

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