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Patrick Tidd and Harry Lum

Berkeley Gallery

The Berkeley Gallery introduced new trends in the work of two Bay Area artists in its successive presentation of exhibitions of paintings by Patrick Tidd and by Harry Lum. Tidd, whose work of five years ago presented the viewer with an interesting ferment of ambivalent experimental groping which could have developed in any of a number of quite divergent directions, seems now firmly and rewardingly set on a course which has already produced an ample aggregate of thoroughly engaging canvases, falling into two groups: (1) hard-edge, “abstract charades” of strangely juxtaposed imagery and visual effects, collectively designated by the artist as "Game Paintings” (although all are individually untitled), and (2) geometrically stylized, somewhat emblematic paintings, treating telescopes, telescopically magnified nebulae, and other astronomical themes in the crisp delineations and airbrush textures

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