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PRINT Summer 1987

JOE ZUCKER’S NEW WORK

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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