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Ashley Bickerton: Seascapes at the End of History


Lehmann Maupin / New York / Art

The American artist Ashley Bickerton rose to prominence in New York in the 1980s, around the time Julian Schnabel and David Salle were making waves with Neo-Expressionism. Bickerton swam against the movement and instead pioneered Neo-Geo. In 1993, after many a grueling New York winter, Bickerton relocated to the Indonesian island of Bali. But before flying to faraway seas, he created one last series, “Ocean Chunk,” which captured his yearning for the tropics. Bickerton refers to the sculptures as a “contemporary form of idolatry and a bulwark against longing.” The large chunks of resin and fiberglass resemble undulating ocean water. In Bickerton’s sixth solo show with the gallery, works from “Ocean Chunk” are on view. —E.C.

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