On the heels of Jordan Casteel’s 2019 show, The Practice of Freedom, the artist is celebrating her first solo museum show in New York this month at the New Museum. Within Reach examines the evolution of Casteel’s career where the subjects of her portraits are reflections of the surroundings that shaped her oeuvre. Her latest work also reflects a mutual trust between subject and artist that’s thoughtfully represented in the work.
One of my favorite 2019 works is a special stolen moment that Casteel captured on a train. Additional background details beyond the window and a subway seat are obscured, ensuring the prominence of the precious bond between mother and child on canvas.