san-francisco

William King

Dintenfass Gallery

In its most engaging exhibition of the season, the San Francisco Museum of Art, leading off the itinerary of a traveling show organized by the Dintenfass Gallery of New York, presented a new series of 14 sculptural constructions by William King. In these works King turns radically away from his former style—the fragile, attenuated figures clearly embodying a classical European heritage transmitted through Giacometti, which King first realized in traditional bronze casting and later translated into amalgams of cloth, polymers and other contemporary “soft” sculptural media—to a fresh and invigorating idiom, at once native and novel, in which flat shapes, contour-sawed with a metal-cutting power-tool from plane slabs of 3/8 inch aluminum plate, are assembled by slit morticing into life-size and larger-than-life-size stylized “figure constructs” of highly sophisticated simplicity. King’s total

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