The show commands the Legion’s southeast corner, a cul-de-sac just past galleries of Flemish, Mannerist, and Italian Renaissance paintings. This makes good sense, since the artist draws from them
— as well as from Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Lucien Freud, Warhol, Picasso, and Walt Disney. His subject is children, and his opening image, Kindskopf V, that of a young girl, is almost singularly magnificent.
(It is trumped only by Kindskopf III, the ten-by-seven-foot piece further inside.)
The portrait collides Richter’s early-1990’s photorealism with Close’s mammoth scale, and its execution, down to the fine brushstrokes that comprise his subject’s’ individual eyelashes, is flawless.