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PRINT April 1982

PAINTERLY EDGE: A CONVERSATION WITH RALPH HUMPHREY

The following conversation took place in February, 1982, between Amy Baker, executive publisher of Artforum, and the artist Ralph Humphrey.

Amy Baker: Right from the beginning with the Monochromes, 1957–60, and continuing with the Frame Paintings, 1961–65, the Shaped Canvases, 1967–70, and the different uses of canvas, paste, and wood to achieve what we will call here the Constructed Paintings, 1971–present, your formal concentration is highly evident. In all, a concern with color and structure is constant. The Monochromes are wall-like; the Frame Paintings can be understood as an examination of support or, from the perspective of your current images, as abstract windows; and finally the Shaped Canvases, with their suggestion of volume, make sense as parents of the wood Constructed Paintings. There has been discussion as to whether these moves continue an examination of painting or instead

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