• Vincent Kruger, Howard Bond, Chuck Prentiss, Jules Engel, Ronald Mallory, John Battenberg and Mowry Baden

    Esther-Robles Gallery

    The Esther-Robles Gallery is showing a group of new works by gallery artists. Some of the most interesting are younger sculptors and object-makers whose work has rarely been exhibited.

    Vincent Kruger has been working in Los Angeles for about a year: he comes originally from Canada and is a professional architect-designer. All but one of his works here are silk-upholstered. East-West (1967) is the largest, measuring 44 x 56 inches. It hangs from the ceiling like a thick canopy, splitting away from the top into two concavely turned segments. The outer surface is covered in blue silk, with orange

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  • “Artists’ Artists”

    Lytton Center

    “Artists’ Artists” at the Lytton Center of the Visual Arts is an exhibition of samplings from the collections of twenty local artists. The idea isn’t a bad one, but in the last analysis one doesn’t learn very much about the artist-owner through his choice of acquisitions. For example, the fact that Kenneth Price happens to possess works by Altoon, Bengston and Ed Moses is hardly unexpected; neither does it indicate anything surprising about his sensibility. To exhibit a Diebenkorn and a Lebrun from William Brice’s collection seems almost too obvious to be true—one would prefer rather to be

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  • Reuben Nakian

    Felix Landau Gallery

    An exhibition of small terra-cottas, bronzes and drawings by Reuben Nakian is at Felix Landau. Most of the works are from the sixties; all but a few are involved with classical idyllic imagery. The pervasive subject concern is with antique archetypes of female eroticism: Leda and the Swan, Europa, the nymph and the satyr.

    Most of the terra-cottas are sgraffito drawings, characterized by sparse, fluid delineation. Two Ledas (1965) exemplify these at their best, exploiting the sinuous linear potential of the traditional composition, transformed into a distinctive (if Picassoesque) idiom.


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  • Duayne Zaloudek

    Comara Gallery

    Recent paintings by Duayne Zaloudek, who lives in Portland, Oregon, are on display at Comara Gallery. Zaloudek’s limited imagery is so precious that only a superbly refined treatment of the forms could sustain the works serially. As it is, they become tedious. The primary image is a bilaterally symmetric circular form, like half of an apple (Emerson Woelffer uses it repeatedly), with a stem-like appendage. This shape is surrounded variously by balloon-like forms and jagged edges organized on a horizon-field basis.

    The original bilateral form, as Zaloudek conceived it in his earlier, simpler works

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