Los Angeles

Ron Cooper

ACE Gallery

It’s taken longer than it should have for Ron Cooper’s work to be shown, not piecemeal in gallery back rooms or in a Plastic Group show context, but on its own. Cooper has worked well and long enough now to merit serious attention—the problem with him is perhaps that the odd retreatingness and quiescence of his art make it seem at first unevolved, rather maddeningly bland, or not satisfyingly stylistic. One doesn’t easily see what’s there. Coming into his present one-man show at the Ace Gallery, for example, I was at first left rather cold by the mildness of its appearance. The four box-like paintings here (each measures 7’4” x 7’4”) are perceptibly higher in color saturation than those I saw several months ago in his studio, which were nearly invisible, but still they are thin and watery in character. Like the former series, the edges of these are left in a slightly ragged state where

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