Los Angeles

Inaugural Group Exhibition

Jefferson Gallery

The Jefferson is La Jolla’s newest private gallery. It is large, well-lit, sumptuous, and, from the look of the opening show, conservative. There are six artists represented, four painters and two sculptors. Of the painters, Paul Wonner and William Brown have taken their stand with the neofigurative school and with steady hands and clear eyes fight a sort of rear-guard action against adventure. Charles Sorel’s views and scenes are presented with the relaxation of a pensioner. Ethel Greene, a romantic non-objectivist, is the best of the four. The two sculptors aren’t up to much. Neither of them seem to believe that space is alive. They both know what to do with their materials but lack what has been termed “the call to configuration.”

Jon Reuschel