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Gene Davis

The Fischbach Gallery is showing six large paintings by Gene Davis, two of which have been previously exhibited, four of which are new. The two earlier paintings hang in the downtown Fischbach in SoHo—Satan’s Flag, which has been shown at the Newark Museum, and Saratoga Springboard, which appeared at the London Fischbach in the Spring of 1970. All the works are large, long canvases covered completely with vertical stripes, although the nature of these stripes has changed. Two of the works are so long that they have required two immense stretchers apiece, although the join is not in the center and not in immediate evidence, and is certainly not a part of the esthetic effect.

Satan’s Flag is black and white, and its rhythmic stripes throb magnificently in a steady, nonredundant sequence. If it seems black on white, it only takes a minute to realize that it is because of the white wall behind.

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