New York

Manny Farber

O.K. Harris Gallery

Manny Farber has mounted one of this season’s most important one-man exhibitions in his scurvy-walled yet freshly painted white studio on Warren Street. The white scruffiness, grey painted floors and iron columns add much to the exhibition’s strong effect. One should have gathered from last year’s Whitney Annual—in which Farber showed a pinkish skin-like oval painting push-pinned directly to the wall—that Farber was up to something challenging. The maturity of his work is amazing and, although the pictures shown in Warren Street are the product of only the last three months work, they have the certainty open only to a thoroughly evolved style, and one that was long in growing. I have been aware of Farber’s painting only since the most recent Whitney Annual, although on nosing around I learned that the career extends back to the patronage of Peggy Guggenheim and the colleague enthusiasm of

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