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Larry Zox

Kornblee Gallery

The notion that Larry Zox is a “color painter,” or that he is what you might call a sensual colorist seems to be a mistaken one. Zox is now using several kinds of paint: he varies two types of surfaces within one canvas by alternating epoxy resins, which have a leathery sheen, and acrylics, which are applied more flatly. He also combines bright primaries or cosmetic pastel colors with tertiaries (grey-greens or acidic yellows) and achromatic shades (black, greys, whites, browns). In spite of these new chromatic variations, his thinking is still much more in terms of light dark value, which controls the degree of spatial illusionism admitted into the works. His is not a purely coloristic expression. What happens in his show at the Kornblee is that the combination of color and internal geometric design often falls, short of the energetic rigor which marks his best work (both past and present).

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