PRINT January 1980

Myron Stout’s Complexity in Simplicity

MYRON STOUT IS A PAINTER whose work is familiar to artists, yet rarely referred to in critical writings and hardly known to the public at all. This situation may partially be due to the condition of the last couple of decades, when a strong emphasis on formal innovation in the criteria for judging work steered attention away from painting, especially easel-size paintings done in oil, such as Stout’s. This, together with the tact that a single piece sometimes takes as long as ten years or more for the artist to finish, accounts for his lack of recognition and unfamiliarity. And, practically speaking, it has not been easy to see much of Stout’s work because there is not a lot of it.

Furthermore, Stout’s painting is difficult. In no sense has Stout settled on a particular form for depicting his meaning. Each piece is different enough so that, although the artist’s aims seem consistent throughout,

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