San Francisco

Robert B. Howard

Howard pioneered the use of polyester resin and fibre glass shell forms in sculpture and is noted for his delicately balanced and beautifully articulated and engineered stabiles. Many excellent examples of his work can be found in public and private institutions in northern California. In his current exhibition he shows a small number of typical works including a further innovation, the floating stabile. He controls the materials and forms admirably, particularly in his use of low-keyed earth colors to tone the plastic material of the sculpture. Apart from some dubious low relief linear decorations on the piece entitled “Napa-Napa,” his work is very much in the spirit of the times. Why, then, does it fail to engage one at those deep and complex levels that we demand of a work of art? For Howard’s exhibition poses once more the whole question of content in art. A good and sincere man with

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