New York

Walter Darby Bannard

Tibor de Nagy Gallery

For the past number of years Walter Darby Bannard has been one of the most promising and one of the best young artists in North America. On the basis of his recent exhibition at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery, I would suggest that he is now something more than that. In the past I have been perplexed and excited about his paintings, but not without reservations. His pictures, for all their quality, seemed restricted by their formats, although from exhibition to exhibition that restriction seemed to steadily lose weight. In these new pictures that restriction seems to have been turned to real advantage. This is not to say I have no reservations about the limitations of that structure, it is simply that the sheer quality of many of the new paintings probably makes those reservations academic.

Two facts about these pictures shouldn’t be ignored. The first, and perhaps the most obvious, is that they

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