Peter Plagens reviews “charming” works by Phyllis Bramson.
Peter Plagens reviews “charming” works by Phyllis Bramson.
September 19

Wall Street Journal Spotlights Phyllis Bramson (MFA 1974)

In the September 13 edition of the Wall Street Journal, art critic Peter Plagens spotlights Small Personal Dilemmas by alumna and faculty member Phyllis Bramson (MFA 1974, Painting and Drawing), exhibited through September 28 at New York City’s LittleJohn Contemporary. Bramson “is something of a beloved artist in Chicago,” says Plagens. “It isn’t hard to understand why.” Her paintings—which are influenced by an 18th-century French Rococo Art and paintings of Chinese “pleasure gardens”—contain “conceits about life, miniaturized worlds and fairy tales, and speak about longing, innuendo and clichés.” “Getting all of this into paintings of moderate size is a tall order, and to accomplish that with any sort of charm—the strong point of Ms. Bramson's art—would seem even more difficult,” Plagens says. “Oddly, it's a kind of crudity—a deliberately semiclumsy combining of Western realism, Asian fog and flatness, collage and occasional glitter—that does the trick.”