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The New Yorker

p.15
June 7th, 2004
Galleries – Chelsea

PIA FRIES

A student of Gerhard Richter zeros in on one of the German master’s more unobvious obsessions: application. Richter uses a squeegee to create his multihued abstractions; Fries’s canvases bear everything from transparent silk-screen effects to ribbons and mounds of paint that look like they were applied with a pastry bag. One suite of panels incorporates reproductions of work by Maria Sibylla Merian, a seventeenth-century naturalist who travelled to South America to make her fanciful engravings. Through June 12. (CRG Gallery, 535 W 22nd St. 212-229-2766.)