new-york

“Direct Representation”

Fischbach Gallery

“Direct Representation” is an exhibition of five artists, selected by critic Scott Burton. They are chosen, at least in part, to illustrate Mr. Burton’s critical position that, “Straight figuration is, I think, the only major mode now available to painting adequate for the expression of the fullest individuality.” Since the proposition is manifestly untrue, it places an unfair burden on the artists, who are, then, perhaps best discussed without reference to it.

The artists in question are Yvonne Jacquette, Sylvia Mangold, Robert Bechtle, Bruno Civitico and John Moore, named more or less in order of preference. Yvonne Jacquette’s door hinges and architectural moldings impressed me as strainingly precious. Their hard linearity and formica-like surfaces reveal a Surrealizing sensibility such as one finds in Lowell Nesbitt or Konrad Klapheck (or, sadly enough, in Jack Beal of late). In her

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