Barneys, in a few of their Madison side windows, is showcasings paintings by Ella Kruglyanskaya, a New York based artist who studied at the illustrious Cooper Union. You can view more of her paintings at her website.
Here is her artist’s statement that I pulled from MOMA/PS1:
“The female figure and its accoutrements is the subject of my current paintings. I distract myself from thoughts of the ultimate betrayal of the body by engaging with the feminine image in graphic/comical ways. In “Bathers”, I enable a vulgar gaze by cropping the female torso and zeroing in on its parts. Cover-ups, in the form of colorful bathing suits, provide a much-needed relief from shameless looking. To prevent over-identification with the figures, their faces are often obscured by printed matter, and their bathing suits have a life of their own. I’m interested in pictorial events that are not narrative but visual and sometimes aspire to an unspoken punch line. The figure functions as the vessel and the space onto which the events of the painting occur.”
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