James Parks

  • “Recent Acquisitions”

    This is the kind of show that really throws the viewer on his mettle. Offered here is a selection of oddments from Parisian painting of the last hun­dred years. The problem is to find the art in it. Of course this problem of judgment is greatly complicated by ir­relevant questions of renowned names, famous styles, and current fashions in taste. At these prices few can afford to buy, but no one interested in painting can afford not to look. These are a few of the things one might see: An engag­ing piece of trivia, done in a few frivo­lous lines, by a fellow named Picasso; a deceptively easy water

  • Charles Farr and John DeWitt Clark

    John Clark certainly has learned to play a lot of materials, gets a tune from each, music from one or two. His frightened han­dling of raw stone leaves all formal possibility locked in, repeats the con­ventional gestures of the chisel. Wood holds him pretty close to first also, al­though one piece, Labyrinthine Way, has roots in space, wants to grow, and does. Two little aluminum castings, Figura and Bultos, really dance their small worlds lifeward. One piece in the show is outstanding: White Relief, an area of sand cast stone, writhing, awk­ward, excitingly in charge of the space Clark wants