San Francisco

Stanley M. Long and Ray Strong

Maxwell Galleries

Mr. Long’s watercolors of Western scenes with equestrian cowboys are of a genre frequently seen on children’s jig-saw puzzles and photo stills from Grade B Westerns. If Mr. Long had had the humor to emphasize the similarities by some device of parody (such as overlaying the pictures with a jig-saw network of lines or introducing photo-negative effects) these could have made some hilarious Pop Art. But alas, the work is absolutely dead-pan and, perforce, the chuckle is at, not with, the earnestness of these commercially stereotyped grass-roots homilies. Mr. Strong’s landscapes in oil are just tediously banal; no laughs.

Palmer D. French