New York

Sidney Tillim

Noah Goldowsky Gallery

Sidney Tillim showed two of his large figurative paintings and a number of watercolor studies and drawings at the Noah Goldowsky Gallery. Since Mr. Tillim is a critic who has been assiduous and perceptive in his frequent defenses of representational painting as well as in his discussions of modernism in the pages of Artforum, before turning to a critique of his current work, I think it is in order here to review some of the ideas upon which his own artistic enterprise is predicated. In his article, “A Variety of Realisms,” appearing in this issue, Mr. Tillim airs his dissatisfactions with the state of representational painting today. He reproaches those of the “revisionist” or post-Pop persuasions for rehashing elements of older styles like, Dada or Surrealism or Expressionism mainly because he feels that the problem of monumental narrative subject matter is being ignored. The important

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