Ruth Abrams: Microcosms

Ruth Abrams, from the Microcosm Series, ca. 1950-1970, oil on paper (courtesy Ye
Ruth Abrams, from the Microcosm Series, ca. 1950-1970, oil on paper (courtesy Yeshiva University Museum)

Caleb De Jong reviews the exhibition Ruth Abrams: Microcosms at Yeshiva University Museum, on view through January 6, 2012.

De Jong writes: "Sometimes measuring only a square inch on either side, these paintings, if such a big word can be used to describe these objects, conger corners of landscapes, moons and mountains. Whereas her larger paintings appear muddled in their intention and of their moment, the smaller paintings on paper achieve what Abrams discusses in her video, ‘The Paradox of the Big’ in which the smaller a paintings becomes the more space and infinitude it can contain."