San Francisco

Max Bailey, Frederick Hammers Ley

Hobbs Gallery

Two painters from Los Angeles. Bailey, an abstractionist, separating his edges to show the natural masonite, introduces an interesting variation on cloisonnism but in several of his works falls into decorative pattern—the bugaboo of cloisonnists who adhere to the object as subject. Hammersley, a geometricist, closes his cloisonne, with color against color making its own sharp division. Hobbs shows him in small batches, wisely. Hard-edged geometricism can be as exhausting as conjugating verbs. A group show of his regular artists lines the stairway and fills the small upstairs gallery.

E. M. Polley