The New Yorker, Goings On About Town, 1999

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The New Yorker, March 15, 1999, Goings On About Town, Art, Galleries—Uptown
De Nagy, 724 Fifth Ave., at 57th St, New York

Impressionistic landscapes and urban vignettes, loosely painted in oil on paper, each about a foot square. Stylistically, they range from finished architectural studies in bright winter light (Shils is particularly good with cars parked around buildings) to atmospheric snapshots of rainstorms and dusk on rivers with details that recall Rothko and Guston. A sense of place is powerfully evident in each of these paintings, and that is all the more impressive given their diversity of light and tone.