Sputterances @ Metro Pictures

Milton Avery, Mother's Boy, 1944, oil on canvas, 35 7/8 x 27 7/8 inches (courtesy of Metro Pictures)
Milton Avery, Mother's Boy, 1944, oil on canvas, 35 7/8 x 27 7/8 inches (courtesy of Metro Pictures)

Tim Gentles reviews Sputterances organized by Sanya Kantarovsky, at Metro Pictures, New York, on view through April 22, 2017.

Gentles writes: "It’s not immediately clear what unites these artists, much less around [René] Daniëls—few, if any, have had a direct relationship with the artist, but all seem to share with Daniëls (and, it should be said, with Kantarovsky too) an interest in the moments where figuration exceeds itself and spills into abstraction. Rather than placing other artists’ work in a historical or conceptual lineage with Daniëls, 'Sputterances' seeks to construct a transhistorical painting network on the basis of shared formal qualities and diverse modes of affiliation."