Los Angeles

Arnold Schifrin and Harvey Young

Marymount College, Palos Ver­des Estates

Sometimes the choice of ancestors made by painters is particu­larly evident in their drawings. There has to be a clear statement of fundamentals with no chance for “padding.” This is true in this fine exhibit of draw­ings by two of California’s best paint­ers.

Arnold Schifrin’s drawings seem to belong to a “family” coming through Rembrandt and Goya, Van Gogh and the Fauves. At the same time he is conscious of his central European heri­tage and his relationship to such men as Soutine and Kokoschka. One is aware of his search for form through his use of rich tone-relations in his calligraphy. Here there is great human sympathy. This seems the proper “route” for him.

Even in the drawings of Harvey Young one understands why he has chosen ab­straction as his paint idiom. Although the drawings are figures at the start, an interest in the structure immediately takes over. There is extreme “synthesis” as in Ingres or Matisse. If the work of Schifrin evokes Van Gogh and the Fau­ves, Young’s brings to mind Cézanne and the Cubists. In these drawings one finds not only simple order but also richness. To say that these men are continuing each his chosen line is not meant to detract. Being part of a main stream is to have increased power. An exhibit of this kind is of particular value because it demonstrates that good work transcends belonging to any one “style.”

Donald Totten