PRINT March 1971

New Paintings by Ron Davis

RON DAVIS, NOW THAT he can in no way be regarded as entertaining a West Coast obsession for the simply seductive in surfaces (certain aspects of his work in the past having prompted this concern), and now that his irregular shapes are seasoned by time and never look just radical (those striving for mere radicalism having outdistanced him in this respect), shows himself, in his current show, as the indisputably important painter he is. His eight new works in polyester resin on fiberglass (now thin as decals and literally pasted to the walls) are a significant advance in his investigation of flatness and illusionism. Collectively, they impress through Davis’s inventiveness in utilizing themes from recent art without being at all hackneyed, as in, for example, the lozenge-shaped Five Band Box, which derives from Noland, and the two rectilinear-directed pictures, Four Block Box and Stalls,

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