New York

Group Shows

Rykert Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery

Two exhibitions of startlingly high achievement were held at the Bykert Gallery and at Paula Cooper. They might have been taken as Uptown and Downtown manifestations of the same excellence. In the case of perhaps the most fascinating artists in question—such as Dorothea Rockburne and Richard Van Buren—they were shown at both. The Van Buren shown Downtown was particularly handsome, I mean in the way in which jagged and cracked plastic edges were aligned along parallel diagonals.

Another work, at Bykert, by Gordon Matta, strove to unite a sprawling environmental and coloristic sensibility—I hope covered by the term "Sonnier-like”—with the systems of ecological aspiration of the kind associated, say, with Peter Hutchinson. In Gordon Matta’s work the jungle metaphor was signified by a tangle of vines strung up above pans of an agar-like substance in which organisms were seen to be clotting,

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