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Howard Buchwald

French & Co.

Howard Buchwald’s paintings at French and Company are larger than the ones he showed last year at Bykert and the new works benefit from their size. Instead of a network of discrete threads of color such as comprised the earlier paintings, the new ones have fuzzier areas of color which approach the discreteness of threads only as a limit. The present paintings are filled with overlapping areas of pigment which look something like raveled soft yarn, only with a shiny finish. It is much clearer in these paintings that Buchwald is after some sort of all-over treatment of the canvas which will not put the content of the surface in conflict with the edges. Putting those finicky threads of color out of focus is not such a bad idea then, but his way of handling the edges is still really bothersome.

From some of his drawings, especially the ones shown at the Whitney last spring, it appears that

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