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Robert Cremean

Esther-Robles Gallery

Late sculpture continues to reflect Cremean’s refined intellectuality, sensuousness and nostalgia. He continues to draw freely upon other art forms. Often he conceives architecturally, building his pieces. He joins parts with the skill of a cabinetmaker. Now he will choose to draw in line upon his work, again he makes space function as line. He achieves double effects by blotting out sculptural masses in white. Sometimes they are mass, sometimes space, and between them appear shapes that become linear arabesques, accounting in part for his elegance. Cremean’s virtues tend to be unpopular, mistrusted virtues: cleverness, wit, a refined sensibility, an excruciating polish. These are the tools of his temperament and he uses them as seriously as did Proust, de Sade, or Beardsley. In a world of clumsy honesty and blunted sensibility he is a rare bird.

Extreme postures and witty transitions

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