The ghost of Jean Dubuffet echoes deeply in Ellen Gronemeyer’s sophisticated new oil paintings. Amid a beautifully melancholic color palette, Gronemeyer’s subject matter mainly relates to children and animals in various forms of play. The Berlin-based artist builds up her canvases with short but thick impasto strokes where clumps of paint still stick to the surface and where sometimes, like Dubuffet, scratches on black reveal a seductive build-up of colors. Whimsy and narrative collide into a psychologically charged surrealism where children and animals alike seem to ponder weightier issues than their age or inclination would suggest. At Anton Kern through February 24.