William Corbett reviews an exhibition of paintings by Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery, New York, on view through February 15, 2018.
Corbett writes that Nozkowski's paintings "have a cheerful and clear engagement with their world. They do not ask to be read or figured out. They belong to that strain of twentieth century American painting that is related to but cannot be defined by landscape. You can see that these pictures have in common a range of forms, but it is, to my eye, their temperament—fluid and dancing like reflections of light on streams or a forest floor that one encounters again and again. Even when the forms are spiky, as if outlining a body of water or mass of glacial rock, they tickle the eye."