PRINT Summer 1987


JOE ZUCKER'S NEW PAINTINGS are probably the best he has done. They’re surprises. They make you want to look again at his last ten years of work; perhaps, after these new pictures, his work of the past seven or eight years will seem less larky, less self-consciously ugly and vaguely commercial. Most of the new pictures refer to the sea: pirates; Moby Dick and Captain Ahab; Captain Kidd; an old sailing boat anchored; an ancient boat in a squall; an octopus; a modem boat floating quietly; a seaside sunset. There are also some still lifes. Some of the pictures are in black and white, but the better ones have many colors. There are yellows, oranges, greens, a brilliant reddish orange. The chief thing about the pictures, though, is how they’re made; they’re amazing objects. Zucker is, among other things, an American carpenter-artist, a superb but not fussy craftsman on the order of the late H.

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