|Eugenio Dittborn "Taciturna" (recent and non-recent airmail paintings)
at Alexander and Bonin, 132 Tenth Avenue (Chelsea) Oct 29 - Dec 5 '98
The airmail painting has been Dittborn's primary occupation since 1984. The works in this exhibition were executed on large sheets of cotton duck, then folded and sent in envelopes through the international mail system from his home in Santiago, Chile to New York. The envelopes are of his own design, and he provides relevant information on them, from an itinerary of a painting's travels to a description of the piece. The airmail envelopes are considered a key component of the work, and are always exhibited alongside the image. His pictures impart a clearly humanistic message, with undertones of skepticism and irony.