Art In America

Mark Greenwold: Murdering the World, Paintings and Drawings 2007-2013

at Sperone Westwater,

257 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Despite its threatening title, "Murdering the World" is ultimately exuberant and uplifting. In these medium-sized, meticulously wrought canvases, the artist populates domestic interiors with a recurring cast of wacky characters-a few friends (including Chuck Close), family members, pets and Greenwold himself. Typically nude or partly dressed, the figures sometimes sport colorful, abstract geometric appendages jutting from their heads like thought bubbles. Sometimes wildly distorted body parts collide with photorealist details that somehow come together as part of a giddy and succinct narrative.

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