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Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

FRIEZE WEEK PICK OF THE DAY: David Humphrey at Fredericks & Freiser at Frieze


David Humphrey’s Fall 2014 show at Fredericks & Freiser, who are affording him a solo spot on their Frieze stand this year, was titled “Work and Play”. For anyone who has ever wondered why painters work and musicians play, this was a great title for Humphrey,  a practitioner of both arts. “Under The Table” is an essay in overlapping and interweaving textures, temperatures and intensities. Deliberative, illustrative, tightly sexy delineations keep company with brushstrokes of sloppy-joe sensuality, as if R. B. Kitaj has been caught doodling on a de Kooning. Just as a couple slyly holds hands under the titular table, so the deconstructive overload of opposing gestural intentions – matt versus gush, drip versus coagulation – subtly coheres into compositional discipline and thematic focus. Think Albert Oehlen on Adderall.

David Humphrey, Under the Table, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser, NY

David Humphrey, Under the Table, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Fredericks & Freiser, NY

Frieze is at Randalls Island, through Sunday, May 8. See “The List” for visitor details


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