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21 Aug Katherine Doyle

Recent exhibitions of feminist art have been more notable for their political concerns than their aesthetic quality. The art establishment’s historical biases are a legitimate field of inquiry, and content may distinguish the male gaze from the female gaze, but formal aesthetic qualities are universal, even genderless, in their appeal. The figurative paintings by Katherine Doyle recently shown at Gallery Henoch are clearly feminine because of their autobiographical references, but their visual appeal is universal. Self-Portrait with Guy (2006) invites us to speculate on the nature of the relationship between the artist, shown standing at her easel and looking directly at us, and the horizontal torso of a man whose figure is obscured behind a drawing board, his legs entangled with a strange variety of brightly colored objects, tools, bottles, scarves, artist’s supplies and a sinister-looking, de Chirico-style latex yellow glove at the edge of the table in the foreground. We...

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