Los Angeles

Group Exhibition of Paintings

Sari Heller Gallery

A mixed-up, uneven group show marks the debut of yet another gallery. The works of Shlomo Mokady, Esther Peretz, Mane Katz, Johanan Simon, Esther Lurie, Mario Russo, B. Pomey, and Delacroix (no first name, no relation to Eugene) are featured among others. Mme. Delacroix is a kind of French Grandma Moses, painting ceramic-like, highly textured still-lives of deep personal conviction and honesty. Mokady, on the other hand, is a strongly disciplined draftsman from Israel whose subtle, evocative, isolated figures are dramatic interpretations in the French Romantic tradition. Katz’ simple rendering of Hebraic figures playing violins is a gem of poetic imagery and may well be the best picture in the exhibition, though it is easy to overlook due to its small size. Rounding out the notable contributions to this show are Russo’s satirical, melodramatic circus families with their Oriental space and biting social parodies.

Arthur Secunda