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Ernest Trova and Robert Graham

Pace Gallery and Sonnabend Gallery

One recognizes, however, the changes Denny is making in wishing to disentangle himself from his past image, and it could well turn out that these are transitional works and better things are to come. At least we see here an unashamed attempt to deal directly with formal concerns. The same cannot be said of either Ernest Trova at Pace or Robert Graham at Sonnabend, who while seeming at first sight to be about very different things are usefully illuminated by being seen together. For a start, they both derive ultimately from Giacometti, both are basically toy-makers and both are purveyors of kitsch. And while claims are made for both to be thought of as creators of high art the question is are we ever really pushed to think of them as such or do their “extra levels” simply obscure the whole issue.

Some idea of the claims made on Trova’s behalf can be had from looking at the bibliography in

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