Robert Bordo in "Greater New York"

Robert Bordo, the confession, 2015, oil on canvas on panel, 36 × 45 inches (cour
Robert Bordo, the confession, 2015, oil on canvas on panel, 36 × 45 inches (courtesy of the artist, photo by Pablo Enriquez)

Sharon Butler blogs about the paintings of Robert Bordo, featured in the exhibition Greater New York at MoMA, PS1, on view through March 7, 2015.

Butler writes: Set aside in their own room [at MoMA PS1], hung on white walls and carefully lit, the paintings walk the lines between painting and drawing, and representation and abstraction. Bardo paints with the improvisational, wet-on-wet brio of a lifelong painter, and indeed the paintings recall Guston's late style... He has always been interested in the relationship between image and allegory, and between representation and flatness, and in the work selected for 'Greater New York,' he presents a series of loosely painted heads, wearing heavy glasses and sometimes smoking cigars. The heads often include thought bubbles, and are cropped as if they are looking out from, or trapped inside, a computer screen."