From Life

Susanna Coffey, Yammy, 2012. Oil on panel, 13 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects.
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Opens: 11/14/12, Closes: 12/23/12
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Back in the day, little magazines had the biggest ideas. Now perhaps it is the turn of diminutively scaled galleries to remind us, in choicely selected shows, of the validity and radicality of art’s perennial motivations. At Steven Harvey’s “boutique” space on the Lower East Side guest curator Marshall N. Price of the National Academy Museum has brought together pictures by Rackstraw Downes, Lennart Anderson, Cindy Tower, Gideon Bok, Lois Dodd, Stanley Lewis, Anna Hostvedt, Catherine Murphy, Sangram Maumdar, Sylvia Plimack Mangold and, pictured, Susanna Coffey that is a gem of a show premised on the simple common denominator that everything on view was worked from direct observation. DAVID COHEN

Susanna Coffey, Yammy, 2012. Oil on panel, 13 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects. On view through December 15