San Francisco

Richard Van Buren

New Mission Gallery

Avant-garde paintings and sculp­ture have become the official art of the United States and that art has been the official international currency for some years. This situation has caused many critics to equate the word, “official” with the words “dead” or “unvital.”

Disproving this word equation is the constructed-painting of Richard Van Buren. His work falls solidly into the realm of the vanguard and it is ex­tremely vital and startlingly odd. Van Buren uses Disneyland colors with both hard-edge and anthropomorphic shapes throughout the paintings. In the approxi­mate center rests a textured and raised area that sometimes looks like smashed chocolate ice cream cones or a dead rabbit that has been run over four hundred times.

James Monte