New York

Stephen Greene

Staempfli Gallery

Stephen Greene’s studies, drawings and oils at the Staempfli Gallery show a hand and sensibility which are generally adroit in adapting to the needs of the mechanized biomorphic abstractions the artist has made his idiom. Like fantasized, fragmented, and floated machines, his rotating discs, socket-like forms and tensile lines are sketched out in a monochromatic Gorky-esque atmosphere which is both elegant and delicate in the best of the larger paintings such as the Equation of Night. Towards the formation of an intimately personal style Green draws on evident, though varied sources; his work is only weakened when this mixture of Picabia-like automated parts, Surreal abstract space, and expressionistic handling is indecisively countered or is too cluttered in relation to the moderate scale of the pictures. At times the drawings and studies are much freer and less self-consciously overworked

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