Los Angeles

Harold Stevenson

Feigen-Palmer Gallery

This Paris-based American painter shows large blowups of portions of the nude male figure. The paintings have achieved a certain amount of notoriety in terms of their monumental approach to the figure. One, of a reclining man, done in a number of separate segments, is over 22 feet long. But the other paintings are not particularly large; only the subject matter is enlarged. A finger may be a foot high or a mouth three feet wide. The artist’s technique is basically competent and academic. The only element which might warrant acclaim is the gimmick of enlargement. The avant-garde claims made for this work seem totally pointless. The pictures are pleasant and exciting only if one is interested particularly in Sal Mineo’s navel—Mr. Mineo being one of Mr. Stevenson’s favorite models.

Don Factor