It’s easy to take Blackfish for granted. It’s been around since 1979, and its programming is reliably unreliable; some shows soar, others go kerplunk. But the 35th anniversary exhibition Becoming Blackfish
invites us to take a fresh look at this artist co-op, showcasing works by 22 of the gallery’s founding and forming members. Highlights include Julia Fish’s Study for Living Rooms: SouthEast One With SouthEast Two
, an elegant rectilinear study in sienna ink. Judy Cooke’s Corner
has a similar architectonic élan, its straight black lines a counterpoint to the wooden piece’s natural grain. And Arvie Smith’s gloriously garish vaudevillian portrait, Mr. Kicks
, reminds us just how delightful and important an artist Smith is. Congrats to Blackfish on 35 years, and here’s to 35 more. Through Feb. 1.
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