Erik van Lieshout at Stella Lohaus (Armory)

Erik van Lieshout drawings [detail of wall installation]

The Antwerp gallery Stella Lohaus, appearing at the Armory for the first time, devoted their entire booth to the drawings of a single artist, Erik van Lieshout, who is increasingly known in Europe for his ambitious installations.

It was an excellent move, for the work is very good, and being also very striking (not always a corollary) it managed to attract considerable attention even without the larger bells and whistles of which van Lieshout seems more than capable. This shot of a part of one wall of the gallery's booth is necessarily a very inadequate representation of the artist's New York installation, and it's totally incapable of even suggesting this native Brabants artist's complexity.