Christopher Howard reviews an exhibition of works by Annie Lapin at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, on view through January 5, 2014.
Howard writes that Lapin's paintings are defined by dualities, they "are mostly abstract but allude to representation. They have an unfinished look but are carefully made, and are steeped in art history but very much of the moment. Lapin wants to have it both ways, and often does exactly that... In the newer work, Lapin has all but smudged out the figurative and representational elements. The level of abstraction... makes it difficult to identify any subject—but it hardly matters anyway. For Lapin, ambiguity is strength."