”Waipiti,” by Adam Cvijanovic, is from his solo show at Postmasters gallery in New York. It’s from a series of murals (painted Tyvek glued to the wall, in fact) in which Cvijanovic riffs on the famous, now vintage dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, which he depicts, in trompe-l’oeil, as though in progress in an artist’s studio. So this is painting rendering the act of someone painting copies of paintings that render the world as though seen in romantic landscape paintings. Or something like that. Cvijanovic gets away with being a really good painter by hiding his superannuated skill in an infinite regress of reference and meaning.
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