Art In America

André Butzer

at Metro Pictures,
519 W. 24th St.

This concise exhibition of paintings by German artist André Butzer is abuzz with ideas, or at least weird energy. Butzer's strictly ordered, mostly black-and-white geometric compositions are presented alongside cartoonish figurative works. Both are linked through the artist's idiosyncratic philosophical system—designated by the letter "N"—a set of far-down-the-rabbit-hole propositions about painting, life and death. Despite its staid atmosphere, Butzer's show is an affirmation of painting as a vehicle for wonderfully strange speculations.

 

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