At Sideshow in Brooklyn last week, I saw one of painter/critic Stephen Maine’s small, intensely-colored smoke pictures. “This series is new,” Maine says. “It is called Rauchbilden, or, ‘Smoke pictures,’ and addresses the dubious nature of image-making at the present moment. Touchstones are Jean Dubuffet, Piero Manzoni, and Yves Klein. To the extent that the past is a cloud of smoke, these paintings refer to the past.” Maine, whose writing has often been featured on Two Coats of Paint, is curating two shows at the moment, one for Lesley Heller (opens 3/2) and one for the Painting Center (opens late April).
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