New York

Ken Showell

David Whitney Gallery

In 1963, a loose alignment of very young painters—at once as interdependent as they were at odds with one another—coalesced in, of all places, the Kansas City Art Institute. Andrew Morgan, the director, had invited Ronnie Landfield there and then Michael Steiner, both of whom had been comrades at the High School of Art and Design (the old “Industrial Art”) here in New York. Dan Christensen was a Senior at Kansas at the time and they gravitated to the old hand. Peter Young and then Ken Showell joined the group. But the Kansas City amalgamation was short-lived and its members split, some for a period of cross-country wayfaring, but ultimately for the East Coast. The history of this episode still awaits examination, yet Ronnie Landfield’s recent exhibition and now Ken Showell’s attest to the remarkable, aggressive, even megalo-ambitiousness which each member assisted in confirming and drawing

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