Los Angeles

“Painters of the San Francisco Bay Area”

Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

The San Francisco version of what they are doing in New York is embodied in the work of 16 artists, whose pictures are here through the good offices of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, which assembled the exhibit especially for Santa Barbara. The work is mostly along the lines of abstract expressionism, not of Pollock and de Kooning, or the newer front of Larry Rivers and others, but maybe closer to Mark Tobey and Morris Graves, although they are a jump backward in time. There is a good deal of figuration in these canvases, which, happily, works most of the time. The quality is consistently good, jumps even higher with Dale Henry’s Hispanic Coastline, Walter Snelgrove’s January Landscape, and Jerrold Davis’ Ocean 2.

Larry Rottersman