Michael Berryhill at KANSAS

Michael Berryhill, Greenbroke, 2010-2011, oil on canavas, 37 1/5 x 33 inches (co
Michael Berryhill, Greenbroke, 2010-2011, oil on canavas, 37 1/5 x 33 inches (courtesy Kansas Gallery)

James Kalm visits the exhibition Michael Berryhill: Incidental Western at Kansas Gallery, New York, on view through June 23, 2012.

Kalm notes that "Constructing his pictures from a mélange of early Modernist and Metaphysical styles representing the nescient phase of Surrealism, Berryhill scrapes and overworks the pictures until the have the luster of scrimshaw. Imagery is a tangle of representational forms verging into abstraction and back again, and a love of the painter's craft, a melodically high keyed palette, and the history of painting is evident."