Cristina BanBan and the Not So Simple “FIGURA” @ Perrotin, Tokyo

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Perrotin, Tokyo // July 05, 2023 – August 19, 2023

As I was looking at the new works of Cristina BanBan, the Winter cover artist who seems to be entering an even newer phase of experimentation with her figurative works, I was showstopped by the two large works on paper, one ink and charcoal and one pastel and charcoal. FIGURA is her newest solo show, on view now at Perrotin, Tokyo and another stunning display. But these two works especially. I remember BanBan telling us in her cover feature, “Painting is very intuitive for me, so adding color and thinking about balance in the palette, composition and weight just comes very naturally. A drawing is much more predetermined, as it is the skeleton of the painting.” This a revelation, as BanBan now seems at ease with showing us the entirety of her practice, serious skeletons to the organic and abstracted figures of her large canvases. Both seem to be emerging from a dream, an elegantly intense dream. There is richness in all of it. —Evan Pricco

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