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The New Yorker / Goings on about Town Art Luis Mallo


Artista: Luis Mallo



By Vince Aletti

The Cuban photographer, who is now based in Brooklyn, turns ordinary streetscapes into intriguing abstractions by allowing chicken-wire fencing, construction netting, and billowing sheets of plastic to intrude on tidy urban geometries. In one image, black lines drawn on a white gate recall Robert Motherwell at his most restrained. But the artist who comes to mind most often in the presence of Mallo’s work is Saul Leiter, who, like Mallo, sees the city as a multilayered collage, full of texture and surprise. Through Feb. 21.