Phillip Allen’s Astonishing Achievement

Phillip Allen, “DeepDrippings (International Hiss Version)” (2019), oil on board, 20 1/2 x 18 3/4 inches (all images courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery)

For the first time since early March, I went to a gallery. I walked there and back, avoiding people as much as possible. The exhibition I saw, by appointment, was Phillip Allen at Miles McEnery Gallery (May 21–July 11, 2020), his debut with this gallery. Allen has not shown regularly in the United States — I first reviewed his work was when I saw his exhibition Phillip Allen: oxblood at Kerlin Gallery (June 7–July 20, 2013) in Dublin, Ireland. Yet I have come to think of him as one of the most wonderfully challenging painters around.

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