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Best of 2017: Top 20 NYC Art Shows

December 20, 2017

Tamara Gonzales, “Two Moons” (2016)

January 6–February 12

A talented painter with a strong sense of color, Tamara Gonzales has an indiscriminate appetite for cross-cultural pollination and distills the dissonance of contemporary life into her art objects in such a ways that they can seem as jarring as they are soothing. In this show, she presented three connected bodies of work and each was fully developed and sophisticated in their own way — my favorites were the stylized tapestries made by artisans in Peru based on Gonzales’s designs. As I wrote at the time, “Looking at her paintings, you can feel unmoored from the boundaries of form as they swim in waves of moody azure, crimson, and the muddy waters of darker hues.” I can’t stop looking. HV