May 1, 1987 |
Ray Smith is a 27-year-old Texan now working in New York after a long stint in Mexico. He shows five oversize compositions, most often depicting reclining female nudes. Thinly painted on plywood that lets the grain show, the pictures use horizontal stripes to evoke landscape. Lazily they attempt to update classic Surrealism. "Mexico" is a torso with a floating head a la Francesco Clemente and a deep-space background with an equestrian statue right out of De Chirico.
March 27, 1987 |
Craig Roper's intensely gestural and calligraphic paintings have usually been divided into two distinct yet related themes. His more mystically symbolic "Eastern" works are defined by tightly composed images of floating masks, flowing vines, falling water and/or flaming torches.
October 26, 2000 |
Next year, the well-dressed house will be wearing colors influenced by water, Latino culture and Harry Potter. That's the word from Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, who spoke at a press breakfast this week at the International Home Furnishings Market here.
May 22, 1987 |
You stare out the old window with its little square panes onto a summer moon so huge it seems to be right in the back yard. Slowly other moons and planets materialize until the whole window is full of exotic astral bodies whorling with lavender and veined with pink canals. Comets crisscross the firmament and it is so beautiful that for the moment you don't care whether or not you have lost your mind. That seems to be the basic fantasy behind Billy Al Bengston's new paintings.
October 19, 1995 |
Beverly Hills is getting artier and artier. Last month, the PaceWildenstein gallery arrived in town. On Tuesday night, it was the opening--or rather the return of--the Gagosian Gallery. Principal Larry Gagosian had closed the doors on his L.A. contemporary art gallery 10 years ago and moved to New York. He marked his return to an airy, Richard Meier-designed space on Camden Drive with a two-tiered bash--700 for cocktails in the gallery, 210 for dinner at Mr. Chow.
May 26, 1993 |
Andy Warhol thought it would be terribly glamorous to be reincarnated as a ring on Elizabeth Taylor's finger. At Fahey-Klein Gallery, in a wonderful show of Polaroids from 1971-1986, Warhol's magnificent obsession with anybody and everybody touched by fame is carried on with characteristic style. Like the contents of a Campbell's soup can, these small photographs are concentrated--velvety, luscious, a little tinny.