Los Angeles

Lichtenstein, Thibaud, Warhol, Indiana, Brach, Jensen, Ortman, Chermayeff, Goodnough, Frankenthaler, Yunkers and Marisol

Feingarten Galleries

No one could easily confuse fabric with paint and an attempt to make critical comparisons between the two or to consider the wisdom of transferring designs from one medium to another would only serve to belittle the entertaining, brilliantly colored summer fare featured at Feingarten Galleries. Produced in editions of twenty, these appliquéd felt banners were executed from commissioned designs by such celebrated innovators as Lichtenstein, Thibaud, Warhol, Indiana and others. The flat color compositions appropriate to the above artists adapt themselves with ease to the soft velvety textures of the fabric. Thibaud’s display arrangement of cake wedges on plates is particularly palatable and one feels the impulse to snap to stiff attention when standing before the brazenly patriotic red, white and blue stars and stripes of Indiana’s creation. Even the color engraving dots which identify Lichtenstein’s cartoon specialty—pistols aimed at the observer—seem to become yet more sensible in fabric than on paper or canvas. Two of the pieces depend heavily on photo processing, Warhol’s Pat for President and Rivers’ complex variations on Old Dutch Masters. Relying on painting counterparts, their source is too intrusive to be ignored, yet manage to maintain an interest all their own in spite of the obvious relationship. Also on hand are Brach, Jensen, Ortman, Chermayeff, Goodnough, Frankenthaler, Yunkers, Marisol, and others. Prices were reasonable and there was nothing niggardly about size, some ranging up to seven feet in length.

Curt Opliger