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FINE ART: Paula Scher Silkscreens the World
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Pentagram/New York principal Paula Scher and Manhattan's Maya Stendhal Gallery, which showed Scher's map paintings earlier this year, are now offering a signed and numbered silkscreen print of "The World," in a limited edition of 90. Scher's "large paintings of maps are so rich with information and color they seem to glow," notes David Coggins in Art in America. "From a distance they resemble patchwork quilts; up close their details are at once clinical and revealing. Scher succeeds in representing the basic desire to understand our place in the world. If maps represent shared space, they also delineate separation. They're fraught with politics, whether charting areas of like-minded allies or borders dividing enemies. But Scher also fulfills our childlike wish to grasp our surroundings in a visual way. Containing an element of Saul Steinberg's faux-innocent scientific curiosity, Scher's maps layer reference upon reference, making physical what we think when we think of Japan, Kenya or the Upper East Side." Ten of the dozen paintings seen in the show are in this PDF. See www.mayastendhalgallery.com for more.