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New York Winter Exhibition Highlights: TM Davy and Marcia Lippman

BFA Fine Arts and BFA Illustration faculty member TM Davy (BFA 2002 Illustration) and BFA Photography and Video faculty member Marcia Lippman have kicked off the new year with exhibitions that overtly tackle the subjects and practices of Western art history—particularly the highly regarded history of painting.

In his third solo show with the gallery, Davy presents five new paintings inspired by the discovery of an old family photograph of a man with two horses, inscribed on the back with “195 Chrystie Street, 1880,” the current address of 11R. The man was Davy’s great-great-great-grandfather and the horses the start of his livery stable and life in America. This history is reported with a straight face in the gallery’s press release and regardless of its veracity Davy has used the occasion to apply his signature fine brushwork and attention to anatomical detail to the classic genre of equine painting, with a twist of course, like the mother and foal basking in prismatic light or the young stallion urinating against a black background. 11R, 195 Chrystie Street, through February 19.

Lippman’s recent series of photographs take on Old Masters and canonical works explicitly, capturing small segments and fine details of Renaissance through 18th-century paintings from American and European museum collections. Cropped but familiar images—like a gauzy Jacques-Louis David style dress or an angel’s super-saturated robes—reveal cracks and brushstrokes, the composite parts of a painting so often overlooked; Lippman’s close-ups seek to examine the impulses and implications of single gestures. Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704, through March 2.

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