New York

Ad Reinhardt

Marlborough | Midtown

Barbara Rose and H. H. Arnason have contributed essays to a presentation of the Black Paintings by Ad Reinhardt. Painted over a long period, from the early ’50s to the time of his death in 1967, they were executed contemporaneously with both a Red and a Blue series about which no discussion has yet appeared. Since, by contrast, the Black Paintings have been so widely shown—although, perhaps, without the signal success they achieve in the present installation—I feel freer to immediately deflect attention from the paintings themselves to Miss Rose’s essay which clarifies so many of their issues as it nullifies Mr. Arnason’s offering which, if nothing else, is impertinent biographical flim-flam: you know, how he and Reinhardt never quite hit it off until one day, quite by chance, they ran into one another beneath the Carpaccios of the Accademia.

Miss Rose, instead, offers up a percipient

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