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"Pearlstein handles the nude as a highly dynamic element in the design, made abstract by a variety of compositional devices. Two Seated Female Models in Kimonos with Mirror (1980, watercolor, 102x152cm) shows many of these: cropping the figure and viewing it in a distorting pose and from a distorting angle of view; presenting two or more figures in contrasting or complementary positions; complicating the image with folded and patterned textiles, angular objects or reflections; using a…

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