New York

Peter Reginato

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

The exhibition of Peter Reginato’s welded steel sculptures presents problems concerning the relationship of a young artist to the Constructivist/Cubist idiom. Widely rejected on the basis of its familiarity there are, however, certain Constructivist/Cubist inferences, say, within the affirmative character of Richard Serra’s axiomatic structures. By contrast, the strain which Reginato emphasizes deals in the plane, shape and scale comparisons inherent in the tradition of Cubist sensibility. In this respect Reginato’s work may be compared to Michael Steiner’s recent steel structures although he studiously avoids the low-lying, collage-derived sensibility of the latter. In the degree that Reginato is drawn by organizations which rise up, if somewhat squatly, the immediate figure for comparison is, evidently, David Smith. Reginato’s chief problem, it seems to me, is not in having adopted the

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