Joe Zucker, "Empire Descending a Staircase"

Mary Boone Gallery , Midtown East Thursday March 28 2013 10:00 - 18:00

Zucker's style could be called Folk-Pop deconstruction, whereby eccentric techniques—such as applying acrylic-soaked cotton wads in lieu of brushstrokes—are used to cartoonishly distill images into grids. In his latest series —a Cubist-Deco homage to Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase—Doric columns or colonnades receive this sort of treatment, with gypsum board taking the place of canvas. Zucker systematically peels away the drywall's paper layer to expose "pixels" of plaster, which he then colors with grisaille aquarelles in a mash-up of 8-bit graphics and Roman fresco.

Venue name: Mary Boone Gallery
Address: 745 Fifth Ave
New York

Cross street: between 57th and 58th Sts
Opening hours: Tue–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to Fifth Ave–59th St