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Ron Gorchov

RON GORCHOV could have been a contender—more times over than any other painter of his generation. If he gets the breaks and goes the distance this time, he will be one of the greatest comeback kids the New York School has ever seen. What are the odds on this happening? It’s almost impossible to say. But based solely on his recent exhibition of paintings made between 1968 and 2005 at Vito Schnabel’s temporary space in New York, I’d say he has an excellent shot. His chances this go-round are improved all the more by the discreet support of fellow artists Saint Clair Cemin and Ray Smith, in whose huge Brooklyn warehouse space Gorchov has carved out a studio of his own. Adding still greater clout is the outspoken backing provided by the gallerist’s father, Julian Schnabel, whose cinematic valentines to fellow NeoExer Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas are matched in this

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