The art of Kevin Blythe Sampson



Hyperallergic ArtRx NYC by Jillian Steinhauer on August 11, 2015

Last Chance: Last Andrew Edlin Show in Chelsea
When: Closes Friday, August 14
Where: Andrew Edlin Gallery (134 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Andrew Edlin’s space in Chelsea — and the Bellwether Gallery space before it — was always a little awkward: an entryway followed by a hallway, then the proper gallery (which is small). But by the sheer number of shows I’ve seen there, I’ve developed an admitted attachment to it, and Edlin’s final show there puts it one of its best uses. The exhibition features directly-on-the-wall murals by seven artists, including a gorgeously enigmatic installation by Saya Woolkfalk up front that stops you in your tracks on the street.
 But it’s Kevin Sampson’s piece in the back that swiftly steals the show; dense, frenetic, and razor sharp, the work is the most stunningly potent piece of political art I’ve seen in a long time.