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Mell Daniel

Fischbach Gallery

Mell Daniel’s small drawings in watercolor, grease crayon and inks are the work of an older artist whose first period of intense artistic activity occurred during the second and third decades of the century. His first one-man show of drawings was sponsored by the Arensbergs and held in De Zayas’ gallery in New York City. Although the recent drawings have a certain somber attractiveness, their interest is primarily historical. This is an artist whose vision developed when American artists were making their first experiments in abstraction. These drawings are still firmly grounded in an older way to abstraction. Some of them do use explicit geometric forms—concentric circles, squares, octagons—that possess a certain rigid, hard-edge beauty, but they are not the most compelling. More intriguing are a group of drawings in a transitional area between partially abstracted tree forms and the

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