Los Angeles

“The Human Figure”

Los Angeles Art Association

The exhibition of some forty-four painters and eleven sculptors is interesting in the variety of approaches shown. By the same token it lacks some of the impact that a mere restricted showing might have, or that the same show might have were a more conscious effort made to group together those styles that have some affinity with each other. As it is, one takes in, in one breath so to speak, such disparate works as those that range from the traditional and near-illustrational modes of representation to what could better be called pure action painting where the image, to all intents and purposes, is dissolved quite completely. Between these two extremes, the “Blue Nude” by Barbara Mann seems to achieve the most successful balance between the image, freshly seen, and the abstract esthetics that are of immediate concern. Less vital but nevertheless technically capable and effective are Felicia Kaner’s “Strange Men” and an etching, “Man and Rooster” by Betty La Duke. Of the sculpture, P’Ila Mills’ “The Last Child” is the most direct in its communication, perhaps too obviously so. The terra cotta piece, resembling work in bronze, depicts the torn figure of a pregnant woman with little subtlety or overtone of meaning. Unfortunately much of the sculpture shown lacks either the freshness of vision or the maturity of three-dimensional form necessary to be considered seriously.

Constance Perkins