new-york

Jo Baer

Goldowsky Gallery

At the Goldowsky Gallery, Jo Baer shows a 1967–69 set which comprised part of the “Spectrum” series seen at last year’s Corcoran Biennial, in addition to a new four-part group of 36 by 39 inch paintings. While I am still mostly unmoved by the rigors of Miss Baer’s sets of white, banded-edged panels, her work nevertheless looks uncompromisingly single-minded, even tough, in the present context of loose, lyrical color painting.

The three larger works of the “Spectrum” group consist of greyish white fields (each 6 by 6 feet) bordered on all four sides with 3-inch wide black bands, lined on their interior edges with half-inch strips of dull grey-green, mauve-brown, or grey-blue. The outer edges are the same color as the field, though the stricture of the dark interior framework tends to make them look lighter than the central areas which are so unflinchingly compressed and confined to the

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