Los Angeles

Peter Krasnow

Scripps College

Krasnow, 74 years old and still hard at work, is justly honored in this, his second encompassing retrospective in nine years. The brief commentaries which have dealt with him lead to the belief that he is a recluse redeeming himself through his art. Certainly here is honesty, sincerity, dedication, and enviable productivity—only the purest of motives and ideals. At best his work is individual and inimitable, but as with all such figures there are few clues with which to approach a dis­cussion; he has worked in isolation for 30 years. Curiously, perhaps typically, Krasnow’s work recalls that of major figures or widespread general tenden­cies, but always at such a distance that it ends by being entirely his own. The work breaks roughly into divisions of decades, with little bridging con­sistency (the omission of titles and dates for half the show and the cata­log is a real hindrance in this

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