Los Angeles

“Gallery Artists and Guests”

The Ryder Gallery

Shows a cross-section of painting and sculpture trends with several good examples of Ralph Tarzian’s attenuated bronze figures, which are his usual fare, both elegant and finely crafted.

Ray Friesz, Margaret Hehman, Lee Hill, Matosian and Harold Frank are included in the painter’s section, but due perhaps to late summer doldrums, which seem to afflict most galleries, the overall effect is neither negative or positive and certainly not exciting. Ray Friesz’ acrylic and oil painting, Reeds,  is by far the best in this exhibit, though strongly related to Walter Snelgrove.

One has the feeling that these are mostly adequate artists—but to give the full impact of their works, particularly in a group show, they should be represented by definite major statements.

Betje Howell