Los Angeles

“Paintings of Women”

Ceeje Gallery

The show, titled “Paintings of Women,” ranged from parody to primitive in perhaps as successfully diverse but homogeneous a theme exhibition as any stable of artists could provide. Herb Hazelton garners the prize of “success de scandale” with Marilyn (Monroe) and Aunt Jemima in a poor-taste, commercial illustration technique paraphrase of Manet’s Olympia. A run of small paintings by Seem, Garadedian, Elgart, and Ross produced the cumulative effect of a highly disturbing rogues’ gallery of empathic distortion. As visionary is an exotic Geraldine Page by Louis Lunetta, in gun metal grey and framed by semiprecious, fluorescent blooms. Ed Carrillo’s Ladybug and Lance Richbourg’s Joanne undergo a similar lunar transformation, the first in crystal, the other as waxen petals.

In his newest work it is possible to trace some developments of Ray Brown since his one man show. Merging the halves of his disruptive diptych views into continuous passages or more easily acceptable inside-outside contrasts, he is directing his graphic impulses to an even more particularized and homely rendering in realistic terms.

Marvin Harden’s Profile and Burt Frederickson’s Two Sisters strike a handsome and classical calm center to this tornado of bizarre, side-show visages.

Fidel A. Danieli