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How do artists define space? Is it contained within a claustrophobic interior or unbounded by a panoramic vista? Is it three-dimensional or flattened and abstract? Tangible or elusive? Neutral or charged? And what of the space within our own minds?
“Infinite Spaces” contains more than 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, in every genre, from the 18th century to the present. One of its best sections is the most intimate — a section on domesticity tucked into the low-ceilinged mezzanine gallery usually devoted to works on paper. They range from Peter Frederick Rothermel’s The Virtuoso (1852), which shows an art collector amid serious clutter, to Judy Gelles’s Bathroom May 23, 1978, a photograph of the artist on the toilet trying to attend to her toddlers.”