If I had to succinctly describe Janet Cooling’s early paintings, made between 1978 and 1982, I’d call them “apocalyptic camp.” In these strange, symbolic scenes with skewed perspectives, lightning ashes over tilted high-rises, while animals and people are colored with an acid glow. Portents of destruction are tempered by images of desire, like lesbian couples making love. These works, nearly four decades old, fuse personal dreams and societal nightmares in a way that feels deeply relatable.
— JILLIAN STEINHAUER
Janet Cooling in The New York Times