Art In America

Leslie Wayne

at Jack Shainman,
524 W. 24th St.

Leslie Wayne handles oil paint like a sculptor, molding thick swaths of it into organic shapes, or, in the case of her current show, "Rags," draping layers of it over a hidden peg in the wall as if the glossy pigment were a paint rag. The three-dimensional paintings—most about 16 by 10 by 6 inches—come in a variety of patterns, from cheery nautical stripes to blue-green ombré to more "naturalistic" splattered paint. If they weren't so beautiful it would be tempting to grab one off the wall and wipe up a spill.


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