Steven Kasher

  • Seven Artists of Israel

    THE CURRENT TRAVELING EXHIBITION called “Seven Artists in Israel: 1948–1978” is notably pretextual, binding together artists diverse in national and artistic patrimony, and in age, because they worked in the same country at overlapping times. Nonetheless, six of the seven artists do share a matrix of influences—a matrix not national, as the exhibition title implies, but international.

    Despite its generally excellent offerings, the Los Angeles show is somewhat disappointing in its presentation of Joseph Zaritsky (b. 1891). The works shown have their merits, but his wonderful watercolors of the

  • Jake Berthot’s Recent Work

    IN 1975 JACK TWORKOV was expounding the notion of a painted screenplay. The painter was meant to outline a series of operations analogous to the outline of shots that comprises a screenplay; then he would paint within the confines of this preestablished “text.” This is a technique for structuring the immanent or taming the aleatoric, and Tworkov’s painting was a clear example of the method, but he also considered that Jake Berthot’s painting of that time participated in this mode.

    So I was not surprised to find Berthot included in a show that summer at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum entitled “

  • The Substance of Paper

    Of Flax Which Is The Minister Of Mankind That shall be revered and honored, its precepts listened to with reverence and love, which first was bound, broken, and martyrized by many and various beaters.
    Leonardo da Vinci, “Parables”

    ACCORDING TO A LEGEND about the origins of paper, in A.D. 105 T’sai Lun, an official of the Chinese court, visited a silk works. When he noticed an accumulation of trimmings from the bolts that were being finished for scrolls, it occurred to him that these trimmings might be macerated and reconsolidated into additional sheets. He began to experiment, with silk eventually