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December 04, 1987|MICHAEL WELZENBACH

Alfred Leslie's drawings and larger-than-life paintings of homely nude women do not encourage visual curiosity. Severely academic, they lack the kind of uncompromising individual vision that marks the work of other strict realists.

Because of sheer size, Leslie's precisely executed oils do have an impact. It's hard not to be impressed by a seven-foot reclining nude on a sundeck overlooking the sea. But after the first careful appraisal, there is little to sustain interest. Both the paintings and the drawings are a bit too much like the work in a "How-to" book on rendering nudes. They make one hunger for an Eakins.

Several drawings express a controlled nervousness of line reminiscent of late Klimt. But for the rest . . . it's evident that Leslie loves to paint women and, within academic limits, does it well. What is not evident is a love of painting original paintings. (Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art, 7416 Beverly Blvd., to Jan 12.)

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