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In Terms of Color: Jack Bush

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THE RECENT EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS by Jack Bush at the David Mirvish Gallery in Toronto contained some of the best and certainly the most consistent work I have seen by this underestimated major artist. Bush’s underestimation (in both Canada and the United States) is due not simply to the fact that his paintings are challenging, but to the very nature of the challenge they present; they make unusual demands upon the viewer. A misunderstanding appears to surround Bush’s art that is related, I suspect, to a mistaken conclusion drawn from fact that vanguard art usually is challenging: challenge is accepted as a criterion of quality when, in fact, it can be no more than a symptom. As a result, one can come to expect a confrontation when looking at contemporary art that consists of a dramatic departure from convention and, when that confrontation is not immediate (or accessibly conceptual),

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