new-york

Wayne Thiebaud

Allan Stone Gallery

These works present nothing new to one’s notion of Thiebaud’s achievement, but they do maintain the level of guarded professionalism that has marked his last two shows. The excitement and sense of discovery present in his New York debut do not, unfortunately, reappear this time.

At this point, it seems that Thiebaud has decided to perfect his manner and leave all considerations of style alone, at least as far as painting itself goes. It is only his subjects that have a style, or styles, in the sense of “period.” Presenting (as he almost invariably does) a centrally placed image against a white background undifferentiated except for a bit of shadow that fogs the plane of the “floor,” Thiebaud forces detailed consideration of all the particulars of this image, which is a strictly literal one. A girl in a bikini, standing there—clunk!—allows us for a moment to try to divert ourselves with the

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