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Joe Fig at Cristin Tierney is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: Joe Fig paints Hollywood's vision of artists.

(Courtesy Cristin Tierney, New York)

”At Work (Triple Portrait): Frida Kahlo” is a little work in oils by Joe Fig, from his show called “Cinematic Paintings” at Cristin Tierney gallery in New York. Fig often makes art about the cliches we hold dear about art, and for this show he’s pulled moments out of artists’ biopics and rendered them in paint. I like the fact that his images are about the size of old Hollywood lobby cards. I also like how his standard illustrator’s technique stands for the artistic cliche that bold oil paint has become, piling bromide on bromide.

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