PRINT September 1978

William Baziotes: Primeval Sentiment

"Every picture tells a story.”

Rod Stewart

IN MY STILL UNCOMPLICATED traversement from collegiate adolescence to artist, one painting is crucial: a pale little minor picture by William Baziotes entitled Toy in the Sun. I used to see it regularly when I would stroll from the University of Southern California across the street to the old Los Angeles County Museum in Exposition Park to ventilate my head of the ready-made poignancy of some Salinger short story from lit class, and to soak my soul in the more universal profundity of paintings. Toy in the Sun was a bridge; its pastel yellows, blues, and pinks, its naive, delicately delineated Eiffel-Tower shape with neighboring sphere, and its insistent, feathery brushstrokes somehow combined to remind me of sitting forelornly on a suburban lawn when I was four, running my fingers disconsolately through the grass while I watched the other kids

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