New York

John Hoyland

Elkon Gallery

The five paintings John Hoyland showed in his recent exhibition had a frankness of beauty, and a sensuousness to them, which made it immediately apparent that he had gone beyond his consistently accomplished level of achievement to something more profound. I don’t know Hoyland’s earlier work well, but of the relatively small number of paintings I have seen, I found myself impressed but also troubled by a certain dryness, and an awkward edge of constraint. I felt of his previous exhibition at the Elkon Gallery, for instance, that the paintings were enervated by a too calculated, intellectually manipulated channeling of what are obviously very urgent and deep coloristic impulses. The fact that Hoyland has looked closely at the work of painters as disparate as Rothko, Hofmann, and more recently I think, Olitski, partly accounts for this. That is, although it is to his clear advantage that he

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