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Frank Kupka

Samuels Gallery

“Though it seems quite simple, Kupka’s case has its own complexity. We find in him a kind of spontaneous generation of free forms arising independently of any Futurist, Fauve, or Cubist influence, or else spurred by all these movements at one and the same time. It is amazing to see with what ease he passes from one form to another, from the simplest to the most baroque, from the arabesque with very pure lines to Symbolist turgidity.” Written by Michel Seuphor, these words sum up much of the atmosphere and perplexity of Frank Kupka, an artist who has not really been put into the historical record, although he has been acknowledged as one of the pioneers of Western abstraction. A medium-sized show at Spencer Samuels Gallery almost, but not quite, clarifies the issues of Kupka’s work.

Imagine, if it does not seem too awful, a configurational cross between Gustave Moreau and Mondrian, couched

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