New York

Isaac Witkin

Robert Elkon Gallery

Isaac Witkin, on the basis of his recent exhibition at the Robert Elkon Gallery, seems to have matured to the point where he is a very considerable sculptor, if an uneven one. A large, untitled brown sculpture in the exhibition seemed original and moving despite its superficial similarity to David Smith and Anthony Caro. Its similarity, as well as its originality, had something to do with Witkin’s use of I-beams, a material which has been used in great sculpture by both Smith and Caro. Witkin is one of the few artists I can think of who has turned a medium with so many built-in associations into something individual and moving.

Both Smith and Caro tended to use rectangular sections of I-beams, Smith piling them into vaguely humanoid shapes, Caro propping and leaning them to evoke a series of almost dance-like relationships. Witkin has cut diagonally through the beams so that their upper

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