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Ronald Davis

Leo Castelli Gallery

Ron Davis’s latest paintings are predominantly multipartite. They are conceived as an assembly of panels grouped on a wall with empty space—sometimes as much as 18 inches of it—separating each panel from the next. This physical disjunction between panels seems to coincide with the image embodied by each member, for in all three series of these pictorial ensembles, the theme is one of a set of containers. In the series of which Four Fold is an example, each panel is illusionistically scored to represent a box which is open at the top; in another series of panels stacked vertically, the upper and lower sections appear as the top and bottom halves of an open casket; while, in what seemed to me the strongest series from the exhibition, two truncated pyramids are staggered along the wall, one above and to the right of the other, each handled to project the illusion of a hollow volume into which

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