The new works of Cecily Brown are breathtaking. Coming at the heels of her critically acclaimed drawing show at the Drawing Center late last year, Brown’s exhilarating exhibition pivots around a massive triptych called A Day! Help! Help! Another Day! The title is taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson where she pleads for more time in the battle of the soul. Whose soul Brown has in mind is the question, for the ferocious painting tells of a shipwreck, and a recent one at that. Fragmented Burqa-clad figures and shreds of bearded faces pinpoint to a refugee boat in the Mediterranean. Horizon-less, except for a ray of sun in the middle, and almost devoid of the ocean, the chaotic scene reminds of the most famous shipwreck in art history, The Raft of Medusa. Yet unlike Théodore Géricault’s somber color palette, Brown dramatically employs wide brushstrokes of burnt orange, sapphire blue, sea green, and fleshy hues of pink and brown. Aside from a vicious battle for survival, the work is a dense battle between the representational and abstraction and proves that Cecily Brown is master in revealing the visceral possibilities of paint. At Paula Cooper Gallery through December 2.