Definition of recrudescence
: a new outbreak after a period of abatement or inactivity : renewal a recrudescence of the symptoms a recrudescence of guerrilla warfare
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All but one of the sculptures in his show A recrudescence, opening April 22 at Paula Cooper Gallery, were made out of broken and torn molds from another exhibition of his, last year’s the quiescence of the inorganic world at Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
As with Matherly’s past work, the pieces in A recrudescence, carved in foam before being cast, reference ancient sculptures.
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Recrudescence derives from the Latin verb recrudescere, meaning "to become raw again" (used, for example, of wounds). Ultimately, it can be traced back to the Latin word for raw," which is "crudus." (If you suspect that "crude" is also derived from "crudus," you are correct; another well-known descendant is "cruel.") In its literal sense, "recrudescence" is a medical word denoting a renewed outbreak of a disease. In extended use, it most often describes the return of an undesirable condition, such as a war or a plague, or the return of an undesirable idea.
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