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El-Oh-El-Ay, Lola

If you appreciate cerebral art that is more what you see, you must get to "The Truth About Lola," a newly-opened exhibit by Austrian-born artist Andrew Stevovich at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Look closer into these benign scenes and you’ll start to wonder what is really going on. (Why is that man biting that woman’s hair? Why are those people all standing so close to the ticket booth?) "Stevovich’s paintings seem to tell stories, or at least allude to situations in which his characters must be telling us something about human nature and our interactions with the everyday world," explains Wendy Blazier, Senior Curator at the museum. "Yet, we can’t quite figure them out. That’s the initial charm of these paintings."

Stevovich may consider himself to be an abstract painter more concerned with composition than with narrative, but don’t tell that to the cartoonish figurative characters appearing on his canvases. His work is linear and flat, with heavy emphasis on color, but the only abstractions are the ambiguous scenarios, enticing the viewer to make his or her own interpretation.

Over 75 works from the artist will be on view through May 31. Visit the Boca Raton Museum of Art at 501 Plaza Real in Boca Raton, or go to bocamuseum.org for hours and admission information.
March 17-May 31, 2009

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