San Francisco

Sonya Rapoport

Bolles Gallery

In her current exhibition entitled “Con­trasts” Mrs. Rapoport essays construc­tions in which painting, graphic and plastic media are combined with col­lage and montage methods. In spite of this diversity of techniques there is a considerable paucity of imagination and very little freedom of inventiveness to these works. Full of sophisticated cliches, calculated casualness, and the now ubiquitous jargon from the vernac­ular of the revolt against “taste,” “craft” and decorative paint-handling, these are nonetheless labored cha­rades, prim and ponderously clever in their carefully plotted “prosody of gim­micks”—as self-consciously contrived as the title of the exhibition suggests.

Palmer D. French

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