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Donald Kaufman

Feigen Gallery

The group of Donald Kaufman’s canvases exhibited at the Feigen Gallery is a fine record of the artist’s maturing and increasingly refined sensibility. His paintings possess a quietly pleasing and non-assertive authority, whether they span an entire wall, or are reduced to a thin horizontal bar. The interlocking rectangles which make up his compositions are colored with muted tones, variations on grey and white, with some earlier experiments in more brilliant, intense colors. Kaufman aims to work with hues that are as closely valued as possible, without getting into the area of the “invisible” (such as the late Ad Reinhardt’s blue and red series of the early ’50s).

Country Life Press, the largest work shown, is a gentle accord of whites, creme-beige and fawn grey, radiating a kind of warmth and infiniteness, despite the austerity of its coloring and the studied balance of its form blocks.

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