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by N. F. Karlins
|Barbara Gladstone Gallery's current show, "00," is a bracing survey of more than 100 works on paper, a great way to grasp the expressive powers of drawing at the moment.
With so many pieces, your eyes will ricochet, finding lots of new relationships. For instance, you can enjoy four of Yayoi Kusama's brightly colored net drawings and recognize her cheery obsessiveness again in Sol LeWitt's much larger gouache, Parallel Curves.
Many of the usual suspects are here, often is excellent form. Ilya Kabakov's triptych of interiors beautifully conjures up a life haunted by metaphoric crows. Francesco Clemente's pastel self-portrait is one of his better ones.
Anish Kapoor's black radiant mass pushing at the edges of the paper against a crimson background makes me crave a show devoted solely to the drawings of this remarkable sculptor. And speaking of artists known primarily as sculptors, Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipse Mylar I with its splatters of paintstick is just hypnotic, a fascinating mixture of markings related to his monumental steel ellipses.
Other standouts with an edge are Rosemarie Trockel's head in the midst of some visionary experience, Alexis Rockman's creepy ecology The Evaporated World, and Nayland Blake's charcoal of a bunny head with holes.
There are the usual ups and downs, of course. Miroslaw Balka's imaginatively suggestive portraits of two tongues made from pinholes and pencil makes Raymond Pettibon's array of small drawings look even more puerile than usual.
Whether your taste tends toward abstraction or representation, you'll find plenty of old faves, like Elizabeth Murray and Peter Saul, and up-and-comers, like Michelle Segre and Peter Doig. Why not join the party?
The show is up through August at Barbara Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street.
Flores's drawing is built up of swirls of black enamel paint on tracing paper. Globs of enamel dry into tiny areas of sensual ridges upping textural interest. If you miss the July show, you can catch his work and Richard's in August.
From Aug. 2-Sept. 9, Moore presents "Melissa Richard: Summer Vacation" and "Gilbert Flores: Enamel Drawings." The gallery is located at 140 West 30th Street on the third floor.
The emphasis is on representation of various kinds -- from a lovely Matisse pencil line drawing of Henriette Darricarrière from 1926 ($165,000) to one of Robert Cottingham's new series of typewriters and cameras in graphite, Premo, from 1999 ($6,000).
Picasso, Picabia, and Milton Avery -- in a self-portrait in ball-point ($8,500) that recalls Matisse in technique if not elegance -- rub shoulders with gallery regulars, like William Beckman and Steve Assael. It's a potpourri that's well worth the trip.
The show is on view through Sept. 1 at Forum Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.