New York

Gabriel Laderman

Robert Schoelkopf Gallery

Gabriel Laderman showed excellent still lifes and landscapes. They are not so very different from what he last exhibited, the principal gain being in landscape. Laderman’s idea of space is one which is very usual for a figurative painter: he conceives of it as a kind of void in which solids can be placed and to which they give interest, accent or inflection; space is passive, in this approach. But in Laderman’s most recent landscapes this is much less true, and sometimes not true at all. The buildings remain as solid blocks or planes punctuating a void, but foliage now becomes a fluid, indeterminate and dynamic element that acts sometimes as a solid, like the buildings, sometimes as a void, like the sky—very much the role that foliage and shadows play in Cézanne’s landscape work from about 1890.

The still lifes in this show are not much changed from previous ones, although they are more

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