San Francisco

Sam Francis

Lanyon Gallery

Effer­vescence and spontaneous ebullience comprise the dominant mood of Sam Francis’ recent abstract color litho­graphs. A profusion of quasi-child-art free-forms in bright primary colors­—vaguely comic shapes that seem to float like carnival balloons—as well as fibrous drip-and-blot configurations lend a buoyant and airy casualness to these compositions which must, in fact, have involved considerable forethought and technical predetermination to execute in color lithography.

Palmer D. French