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Ludwig Sander

Lawrence Rubin Gallery

Ludwig Sander’s paintings at the Rubin Gallery seem to be attempts to enliven the formats he has been using for several years. Most of the new works, however, make use of the two basic structures he had employed in his earlier pictures.

The first is completely frontal. In Aroostook II, for example, the canvas is divided vertically in two with horizontal lines near the corners forming narrow shapes which balance each other. Each shape is separated by narrow black lines similar to those Mondrian used, but instead of acting as area and color as they do in Mondrian’s paintings, Sander’s lines appear more like shadows between adjoining blocks.

The second format, as in Athabascan III, is composed of a similar vertical division, but some of the horizontals are oblique, making the canvas twist and buckle along the vertical axis. This torsion destroys the absolute frontality and flatness of the

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