The artist Julie Green, who died in October of 2021, sought to punctuate violent and disrupted lives with a moment of grace. Green, who identified as “they/them,” was famous for their series “The Last Supper,” which saw them painting—on plates, in blue, as in classic transferware—the last meal requests of inmates on death row. Created over decades, their plates number over 1,000. In 2018, Green began a new series called “First Meals.” These intricate paintings, stitched on Tyvek, evoke the first meals that unjustly convicted inmates have eaten upon their release. Symbol, ceremony, hello, goodbye—Green made a contemplative and political art of these meals. At Elizabeth Houston, Green’s first New York gallery exhibition, a selection of 13 “First Meal” artworks, is on view. —L.J.
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