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Larry Calcagno

Royal Marks Gallery

Royal Marks gave Larry Calcagno his first New York show in six years and even then not in response to any urgency in the work itself. Calcagno has lately been painting horizontal abstractions, sometimes consisting of several individually stretched sections. Much seems to be made of the fact that the horizontal bands of color that compose the paintings find their source in natural landscape elements. (They are most like some of the effects one sees on the horizon when flying.) But it is when the reference to landscape is most suppressed that the paintings begin to work as paintings, especially in Timeless White with Blue and Gray. The division of some of the paintings into sections seems almost wholly gratuitous, an acknowledgment of a recent issue which reallyisn’t dealt with. Neither is any at- tempt made to deal with the vertical edges other than arching a color band near the top and

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