Los Angeles

Efraim Modzelevich

Ryder Gallery

Efraim Modzelevich is showing oils and gouaches from the past two years at the Ryder Gallery during June. Born in Argentina and reared in Israel, Modzelevich shows an interest in the international style of anonymous abstraction which grows out of “good French painting.” His loaded brush strokes establish a ground color or harmony upon which he develops a linear scaffolding which takes on the perspective feel of a movie-set street. Often the colors are tastefully keyed in close harmonies. The surface is reasonably attractive and “painty.” The subject is bland, meaningless. Everything is terribly safe and in good taste. As a result the whole work tends to be monotonous, interchangeable with many other shows which are mounted here and elsewhere every three weeks.

Gerald Nordland