Painter Jocelyn Hobbie’s Subjects Forgot to Close the Birdcage Door, Fasten Shirts

Jocelyn Hobbie’s (2007). Photo: Courtesy of V&A New York.

Jocelyn Hobbie’s voluptuous beauties seem a tad deflated, no? Fair, dead-eyed, erotic: They have all the makings of a Jeffrey Eugenides protagonist — The Virgin Suicides as illustrated by Botticelli? Hobbie’s unmedicated angels hang amid a group show of semi-creepy, sometimes gaudy, all lively figurative paintings at V&A New York through July 26. —Emma Pearse