Edward Epstein

Spectrum Gallery

At the Spectrum Gallery, Edward Epstein’s first New York showing of paintings and prints is a refreshing alternative contrast to the purist rigors and often narrowing terms of the minimalists’ thinking. His luxuriantly colored and painstakingly drawn mandalas offer a multiplicity of visual experiences.

The show includes works from the past two years, done in New York and Spain, and reflects an increasing maturity gained during this period. Source, one of the first round paintings (1965), relies on matte colors and clean edges, which define successive layers of flat planes. However, the central radiating, predominantly red image seems to vibrate at its phosphorescent rim, as dark blue “rays” arc outward behind it. The unbroken, uninflected character of the tondo shape draws the eye inward, toward an often cellular or solar nucleus, from which intricate petal, orb, or flame-like forms are

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