New York

Michael Steiner

Marlborough Gallery

A large group of steel sculptures by Michael Steiner, all dating from 1969, showing at the Marlborough Gallery, incorporate some Minimal attitudes and grant to these a greater permanence (of statement as well as of material) than they often take when left to their own devices. It’s all very post-Smith. Pre-rusting even gives the Cor-Ten steel the look which David Smith’s Cubi are only now gradually taking on. But it is also something quite formidable in itself.

Oddly, but fruitfully, Steiner’s work relates to the most British side of Anthony Caro. Pieces like Bowie, Low (ten feet long; only 3 3/4 inches high), Dan’s Piece, and Also Low actually call to mind the most significant individual in the realm from which Caro springs, that grand old man of English art, Ben Nicholson. It is even possible to imagine them as conscious reflections or variations on Nicholson themes, almost as final

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