San Francisco

Keith Boyle

Lanyon Gallery

Some of the finest painting done in northern California this year is in Boyle’s show. Nearly all his canvases display that tense brilliance he has suddenly come on to in the past several months. He works with a semi-symbolic subject matter set into a cock eyed geometric composition. His larger canvases are more successful than his small ones and he probably would do well to use even more space. In his curious fascination for the formal and the common Boyle has a predecessor in Stuart Davis. They both share an attraction for big-city symbolism tied to an international formal art style. For Davis it is cubism; for Boyle it is the hard edge.

Joanna C. Magloff