New York

Allan D’Archangelo

Marlborough | Midtown

Allan D’Archangelo’s recent Constellation paintings, at the Marlborough Gallery, consist of striped, beamlike forms which are the abstract residue of the traffic barricades and dashed highway dividing lines of his Pop American road landscapes of the 1960s. These forms (which also relate to works by other Pop artists, such as Wayne Thiebaud’s Candy Cane, 1965) are compounded in space-generative clusters which are in turn flattened out patternistically.

The road pictures carried a heavy load of American—not just Pop—romance. From Whitman to Frost to Kerouac, and beyond to Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, and their progeny, the American road had represented choice, escape, opportunity, a way to somewhere else. What was particularly Pop in D’Archangelo’s treatments of the motif was, much more than their composition or use of real chainlink fencing, the fresh irony of the interstate highway seen

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