New York

Billy Apple

Bianchinni Gallery

Billy Apple’s rainbows, at the Bianchinni Gallery, are among the most beautiful that hover over the present scene.

Orphist aureoles, Synchromist apology and prismatic mysticism are all aspects of the rainbow’s quirky career in the 20th century. Kupka and Delaunay were fascinated by rainbows less as natural phenomena than visual theorems. The Synchromist band of Americans spending “Wanderjahren” in Paris and denying affiliation with the Orphists nonetheless came up with analogous theories. Turn of the century initiates in occult mysteries––disenchanted Rosicrucians and Theosophists—elected to present natural form in terms of prismatic analyses, a visual parallel for the mystic’s certitude of the oneness and continuity of the natural and spiritual worlds. In the 1920’s rainbows fell into temporary eclipse (to strain the celestial metaphor) or reappeared in the altered forms of the primaries

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