New York

Murray Reich

Max Hutchinson Gallery

Murray Reich, at Max Hutchinson, has incorporated into a personal vision what is by now a conventional means of application: staining. Consequently, one has the feeling that he adopted the method as the best way of expressing what he wanted to paint. While some of the works seem too garish, others are as insistent as icons, frontal and symmetrical. The images are obsessive and often illusionistic, like columns or the letter I set against a background. Complementary colors placed against each other create intense colors that appear to result from organic ripplings from a central core. This vibration, increased by the hairline of white left between the colors, gives the paintings an orgasmic throb, reminiscent of Munch or a turned-on O’Keeffe. Reich is able to activate his pictures by scaling the color volumes; a touch of pink, for example, sets vast areas of green or purple into motion.

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