From "Tradition and Irreverence: Exploring the American Diaspora,'' Nathan Clark Bentley's show through Feb. 23 at ArtSpace Maynard, in Maynard, Mass. The show looks at American culture through symbols and language. The gallery says that Bentley's work "is robust with color and purpose. The paintings show the dichotomy between tradition and modernity present in America's urban landscape and try to find the places where the two connect.''
Of course, the images recall the power, offensiveness and sometimes quirky charm of the graffiti that bedevils many cities.