“Flowers are much harder than faces, and much harder than landscapes,” the artist Alex Katz has said. “There are very few people who can paint flowers that well.” Jane Freilicher, the American artist who died in 2014, was among the few. Her light-filled paintings of flowers, often placed in chaotic backdrops, have been hailed for their lyricism and beauty. Though she became known at the height of Abstract Expressionism, Freilicher never strayed from figurative work. She depicted wildflowers, dunes, fields, and interior scenes in a style that the gallerist Tibor de Nagy, in 1952, described as simultaneously “traditional and radical.” This exhibition presents 15 still lifes that date from the 1950s to the early 2000s. —E.C.
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