San Francisco

Marvin Mund

Lucian Labaudt Gallery

Mr. Mund’s paintings in oil present a crisply manipulated colorism in aseptic tonalities, cold glossy surfaces and fastidiously cut edges. There are methodically elaborated geometric abstractions and astringently schematized allusions to Nature and the figurative. In his more expanded essays, meticulous execution, disciplined comprehension of the architectortics of color and carefully achieved sapphire translucencies save these brittle symmetries from being mere platitudes of Bauhaus muralism and impart to them a hard glacial beauty. In smaller confines Mr. Mund’s methods produce what appear to be boxed, non-objective jigsaw puzzles—clever, but less impressive.

Palmer D. French