Los Angeles

Vasarely, Davies, Bayer and Pinkerton

Esther-Robles Gallery

Vasarely’s Op art is tasteful and restrained. The black and whites on display are not as visually exciting as the paintings. Planitarische, a close grouping of highly colored dots vibrating tonally and rhythmically is especially attractive, as is Folklore which is somewhat more relaxed in feeling, but retaining the same opulence of color and design.

Alan Davies’ Zurich Suite of Color Lithographs is exuberantly flashy, splashy, facile, and eclectic, and like so much of that type of decorative razzle-dazzle, it is, by now, something of a bore.

The eight geometric Monochromes by Herbert Bayer which were hand printed from stone at Tamarind in 1965 have the quality of industrial design, which refers back to Bayer’s background as an architect. Their disciplined and refined execution adds a feeling of serenity to his interesting and somewhat specialized form of esthetic expression.

For the “art a go-go” enthusiasts there is an entire wall of balls (a real hang-up) by Clayton Pinkerton. One of the baseballs cutely descending the airway is called Homage to Marcel Duchamp.

Estelle Kurzen