Review by Roberta Smith The Paint Remains The Point: Elizabeth Neel in THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Like Mary Weatherford, Elizabeth Neel adds unexpected elements to her painterly abstractions: hard-edge geometric shapes in black or white as well as textured rubbing-like silhouettes of insects. These added elements accent the methodical way the paintings are built up, for example with mirroring Rorschach-like motifs. The paintings have a new clarity that makes them Ms. Neel’s most impressive efforts so far. The show’s title — “Tangled on a Serpent Chair” — suggests an artist on the hot seat, which may, creatively speaking, be a good place to work from.