Anthony DeBlasi

Spectrum Gallery

A show which probably won’t get much attention, but which certainly deserves a serious look is Anthony DeBlasi’s first one man exhibition at the Spectrum Gallery. What at first appears to be a resemblance in design to Stella’s recent works turns out to be something quite different, and exhilarating in its own way. Within this group of half-a-dozen pictures, one senses some tremendous leaps which DeBlasi has been able to make, as he has explored a means which departs considerably from his own previous work (which was, for a while, figurative). Black and white reproductions are especially disappointing in this case, because they fail to register the lyrical freshness of DeBlasi’s color, which is the most surprising and rewarding aspect of these paintings. A number of early, almost square canvases (Twist, or Gap) are still tentative and a bit stiff—both in the range of pastel tones, and in

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