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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Great 'painting' at Transformer

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at

"Archetype," an installation by Rebecca Key. (Photo by Natalie Cheung)

Daily Pic: This is the best new painting in Washington. Not the image itself -- that's a photograph, of an exhibition by Liverpool artist Rebecca Key at Transformer gallery. The painting is that whole, grotty brick wall to the right, faux from top to bottom. Key's installation recreates the way the space, a roofed-over alleyway, might have looked before it became a white-walled gallery. The painting's so good, it runs the risk of being admired as a trompe-l'oeil trick, overshadowing what it tells us about changes to an urban space. Key's project has "turned back time and gentrification," as my colleague Jessica Dawson said.

By Blake Gopnik  | October 5, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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