Saturday, June 5th, 2021

Jennifer Coates in the National Arts Club’s Exhibition, “Painting the Narrative”

Dee Shapiro has gathered a spirited cross section of storytellers in paint in an exhibition that also showcases works by Laura Karetzky, Judith Linhares, Ernesto Renda, Kyle Staver, and George Towne. Coates’s almost ribald bacchanalia manages to channel modernism and classicism simultaneously, a kind of Derainean riff on Poussin. The exhibition continues at Grammercy Square through June 28, by appointment. Coates meanwhile is also showing nine drawing made last April under lockdown at 136 Eldridge Street in a pop up exhibition, open through June 27. Actually, these are not just lockdown drawings but sickbed drawings, indeed. A sign of mastery or courage (art history will decide!) to say that (even) at COVID 19’s door, Coates could draw thusly.  DAVID COHEN

Jennifer Coates, Triumph of Pan, 2020. Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 60 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Artist