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New Paintings by Larry Poons

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS Larry Poons’s work has been one of the most dependable, not to say predictable, quantities in American painting. Although development of a sort has taken place during this time the autographic clots or lozenges of color, guided by barely visible grid lines across a contrasting color field, have remained in force as the primary agents of Poons’s pictorial ambitions.

The “look” of a Poons, the particular way in which it confronts the viewer, has been equally consistent. Working with greater or lesser degrees of optical contrast between the colors of the dots and the color of the field upon which they are placed, Poons has in one painting after another constructed a color web composed of numerous small intervals of contrast but generating on the canvas as a whole the impression of a single event of vision. Like Pollock’s great works of 1949–50, Poons’s have accepted

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