“The Boston Band”

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As its title suggests, “The Boston Band” is a group show. The band includes painters John Ashworth, Carol Beckwith, Dana Chandler, Elizabeth Dworkin, Carl Palazzolo, Katherine Porter, and Andrew Tavarelli; the sculptors are Elizabeth Clark, David Kibbey, Christopher Sprout, Anthony Thompson, and Dan Wills. Generally, the painters here are both more advanced and more successful than the sculptors, the latter suffering from the kind of “new materials new technology” malaise that has become increasingly pervasive since the late sixties. David Kibbey might be an exception, although it’s hard to draw conclusions yet. He seems to be under the spell of Ron Bladen and/or Tony Smith and has been making monumental, quasi-geometric pieces which, in spite of their imposing presence, still lean toward the literalness of ordinary objects more than to any specifically sculptural identity. Their ambition

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