Los Angeles

Roger Kuntz

Felix Landau Gallery

The exhibition of Roger Kuntz sculpture of swimmers, sirens, mermaids, water dancers and beach watchers at the Landau Gallery is lively fare for the summer season. The cavorting ladies, whether soaring, floating, diving, or prancing in and above the water seem wonderfully at ease in their new environment. The frivolous attitudes attained by the figures in no way rejects the authority with which Kuntz arranges the outflung arms, legs, heads, breasts and buttocks of his careless ladies. Sometimes distorting to Lachaise’s elephantine dimensions, the artist deals directly and freely with those portions of the human female anatomy which allow such liberties without total destruction of natural reference. This is particularly true in the case of the Manatee pair where Kuntz has ignored normal proportions in order to reinvent forms with relationships of singular power. The Water Dancers series,

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