New York

Edward Dugmore

Green Mountain Gallery

Edward Dugmore has been painting in what is recognizably an Abstract Expressionist mode for about fifteen years. His current show is distinguished by highly personal draftsmanship that carries his work beyond nostalgia. Dugmore’s line is scratchy, drippy and sure. With brush or crayon, he limns in rounded, crotchy female forms. Buttocks, breasts and hips butt against each other like jigsaw puzzle pieces. The drawing is vigorous. Sometimes aloft, sometimes sagging, it gives the gross forms a feeling of inflated weightlessness. When line dominates, as in two or three larger can-vases of 1970 that are simply primed linen filled with characteristic black-outlined shapes, .the paintings click with a vitality undimmed by historical reference. Other works, where the canvas is clogged with paint, subside into overworked reminiscence.

Dugmore’s most recent work includes collage. Some of the larger

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