GOTHAM ART & THEATER
by Elisabeth Kley
With surfaces made from layers of paint repeatedly scraped off with a meat cleaver, the figures in paintings by the late Leon Golub
(1922-2004) seem constructed from substances other than skin. Antique statuary inspired his earliest paintings, but he is best known for a different type of timeless creature -- the mercenary fighter, a ghoulish figure who appears weathered and flayed, caught in a theater of violence.