New York

Mary Heilmann and Joan Snyder

Paley and Lowe Gallery

A handsome new space called the Paley and Lowe Gallery has opened downtown on Wooster Street. Its owners plan to sponsor group shows in the gallery space and give access to the artists’ work in their studios as well. The premise—that group shows can induce enough interest in individual artists to encourage further investigation of their works in their studios—is a questionable one, Its fault lies in the selective process involved in group shows, where work is chosen that will look “nice” in the gallery, instead of for its toughness or representativeness. Unfortunately, it’s impossible not to make assumptions about the body of an artist’s work from one or two paintings small enough, appropriate enough, to fit in a compact gallery space, and indeed the impact of this first group show was a general down from seeing works that suggested a striving for the easy look of gallery art.

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