Elena Sisto @ Lori Bookstein

Elena Sisto, Painting With Music, 2011, oil on linen, 36 x 24 inches (courtesy o
Elena Sisto, Painting With Music, 2011, oil on linen, 36 x 24 inches (courtesy of the artist and Lori Bookstein Fine Art)

Dennis Kardon reviews the exhibition Between Silver Light and Orange Shadow: Paintings by Elena Sisto at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, on view through May 25, 2013.

Kardon begins: "Sentimentality, nostalgia, and illustration are the common pitfalls for a figurative painter undertaking to represent feeling and emotion — particularly when the imagery is invented and not photo derived. There is a huge payoff, however, for facing those risks head on. In her first New York show since 2004 and her debut with Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Elena Sisto takes as her subject the predicaments of young women painters as they embark on their calling. In images that Sisto, in the tradition of Philip Guston, originates from pure acts of painting, her self-critical perseverance has produced work that is unique, psychologically complex, and moving."