Art: Signs of Anxiety

In a retrospective, American artist Susan Rothenberg emerges from the '80s as a painter of mystery, originality and real staying power

Various American painters rode to fame in the 1980s, and the shake-out that is going on in the wake of that binge has been hard on most of them. Not on Susan Rothenberg, however. Her present retrospective of paintings and drawings, 20 years' worth of work -- it was organized by curator Michael Auping for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, and is now at / the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington -- only confirms one's impression of the nerviness, durability and occasional brilliance of her development, and of the psychological integrity behind the twists and turns of her style.

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