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Do You Think it Needs A Cloud? | The New Criterion

Jane Freilicher, Late Summer, 1968, Oil on canvas, 80 x 70 inches, 203.2 x 177.8 cm

“Do You Think It Needs A Cloud?” at Miles McEnery Gallery (through October 10): It will be some time before we get a full sense of the damage the coronavirus shutdown has inflicted on New York’s gallery scene. Already I’ve seen and heard of gallerists downsizing, moving locations, going “online only,” and even closing up shop for good. A few developments, however, suggest all is not doom and gloom. One of these is Miles McEnery Gallery’s expansion into a new space on West Twenty-second Street, which it is inaugurating with a group show titled “Do You Think It Needs A Cloud?,” after a quotation by Jane Freilicher, who’s represented here by a very large landscape (sans cloud) from 1968. Other modern masters on display are Hans Hofmann, Milton Avery, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and Robert Motherwell; noteworthy paintings from McEnery’s roster of contemporary artists include works by Brian Alfred, April Gornik, and Guy Yanai. It’s on through October 10. —AS

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