Art: Zen And Perceptual Hiccups

A show surveys the mysterious paintings of Robert Moskowitz

Along with Susan Rothenberg, Joel Shapiro, Neil Jenney and a few others, the painter Robert Moskowitz usually gets credited with bringing figurative imagery back into "advanced" art at the end of the 1970s. Whether you think this true depends on where you were looking. In fact, serious figurative art never went away -- it just got hammered out of fashion by minimalism, the last great American style, in whose reductive embrace Moskowitz grew up just as it was coming to an impasse. As for "advanced," who gives a damn anymore? But no matter: Moskowitz's current exhibition at the Museum of Modern...

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