It’s easy to assert that abstract art and representational art exist in different spheres. After all, abstract art has no content, so to speak, and representational art is all content, or so it would seem. The truth is that every painting creates its relationship with content, the world in which it lives and in which we perceive and understand it. Abstraction and representation often are much closer in spirit than we might suspect, a proposition confirmed, I think, in the exhibitions “Oh Happy Day,” by Beth Edwards, through Nov. 24 at DLG-TEMP, and “Layers: Work through the Decades,” by Anton Weiss, through Nov. 28 at L Ross Gallery.

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