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David Simpson

Hank Baum Gallery

David Simpson, whose show inaugurated the new Hank Baum Gallery across the street from the County Museum, might at first be mistaken for a vest pocket Kenneth Noland, especially since his “color” paintings have slowly divested themselves of the romantic inaccuracies of staining and settled firmly into candy-colored stripes. But Simpson, who now does rainbows in various arcs and formats, is up to a little more: his configurations bend and unbend the delicately sized formats with a combination color-configuration space which “works” (makes you look beyond the sweetness) about 50 percent of the time. The most interesting piece in the show for me was a very wide purplish canvas in which the rainbow intersected the implied horizon at a terribly acute angle and really wobbled back and forth. That painting, I think, shows that Simpson has a solid, if not wildly inventive, premise which functions

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