Los Angeles

“New York Group”

Ferus Gallery

This is an exhibition of examples, mostly quite recent, of work by important younger New York painters. Included are Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Larry Poons. Of particular interest is the large Andy Warhol Purple Disaster, one of this artist’s recent death-and-destruction series that moves away from the usual conceptions of Pop Art into a brutal, formal idea, and the Larry Poons which places a small lavender spot on a large flat orange space, the orange space being held to the picture plane by a very lightly-drawn grid of pencil lines. This is a particularly interesting example of one very recent direction in optically oriented painting. The Stella was seen previously at this gallery and is typical of his recent work. The Kelly is a first-rate example, also quite typical of his work, as are the Lichtenstein and very recent Rauschenberg which translates the artist’s previous series of black and white pictures into glowing full color.

The show offers a highly informative cross section of some of the best new painting to be seen in New York. It is unfortunate that a more recent example of Johns’ work was not available for this show.

Don Factor