Judith Eisler, “Riffs. Jarman’s Carravagio”

Eisler employs a soft-focus style of photorealism that recalls the work of Gerhard Richter: Several paintings of candles here even seem to pay homage to the German artist’s treatment of the same subject. But as the show title explains, Eisler canvases play “riffs” on filmmaker Derek Jarman’s 1986 biopic of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, the obstreperous 16th-century Mannerist who, when he wasn’t brawling, was busy re-inventing painting. Eisler bases her canvases on stills from the movie, isolating particular details in close ups that square a peculiar circle, in which an artist makes paintings about a film about an artist who paints.
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