Capsule Reviews

Libby Johnson, New Paintings Johnson paints still-life flora--flowers in vases set against velvety backgrounds, made otherworldly by way of crepuscular glow. Her obsession with the transformation of light at sunset brings to mind the odd counterfeit quality of photo-realist painting, such as early Chuck Close, Richard Estes and Malcolm Morley. "Suspension," a lettuce head dangling from a thread in a sky made ominous by the pink and mauve of a just-set sun, also brings to mind the surrealist game of light and clouds in the work of the Belgian Magritte. Through November 27 at Cidnee Patrick Gallery, 2404 Cedar Springs Road at Maple Avenue, 214-855-5101. (Charissa N. Terranova)

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