Painter: The Big-Picture Man

You can stop looking for the social commentary and pop-cultural references that are present in so much recent art. Nearly everything you need to know to understand Matthew Ritchie's paintings you learned in physics class, and fittingly, his installations, which incorporate his paintings, can be massive. Parents and Children measures 23 ft. by 54 ft. by 16 ft. and literally spills down the wall and onto the floor, the overflow composed of little pieces of plastic that together form patchwork carpets of abstract art. Each of his canvases swims with details. Humans, angels and the devil sometimes lurk in the corners....

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