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Judy Rushin: "The Secret Social Life of Painting"

OMA exhibition makes a quiet point about the resilience of the working class – but can you hear it?

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Interlockin' arts: This is one possible configuration of Judy Rushin's modular works, but not the one you'll see at OMA.

Work like this lacks the instant appeal of the street art and Juxtapoz/Hi-Fructose-style illustration so popular now: that easy-to-grasp aesthetic handle that makes no demands of the viewer beyond trendy immediacy. (Or as Rushin puts it in her statement: "No neon signs, no climaxes, no imagery, no limelight. The work exists quietly, proceeds at a slow pace and waits patiently for your attention.") But how commendable that OMA is providing a space for these stringent illuminations to bloom with its lesser-known New Work: A Series of Bimonthly Exhibitions of Contemporary Art. This straightforwardly named series offers viewers not just more challenging work than is typically installed in the rest of the museum, but offers it for free – there's no admission charge to enter the small side gallery. Of course, once your palate's been whetted by the amuse-bouche here, you'll want to continue into the larger rooms for the rest of the meal.

Judy Rushin: The Secret Social Life of Painting

through Feb. 10, 2013
Orlando Museum
of Art
2416 N. Mills Ave.

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