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Susan Crile

Kornblee Gallery

Susan Crile’s show at Kornblee is the most straightforward gallery show I’ve seen this season. In tracing a path between color-field painting and the New Realism, her work has a crucial, if minor, resonance with that of Matisse.

The freedom that Matisse’claimed and granted when he freed color from figure was also the possibility of seeing paintings as presenting themselves primarily as paintings rather than views of the visible. Similarly, color-field painting may be seen as seeking the possible role of color in that presentation, which might be described as the meaning of color in painting. In a way color always presents itself first and foremost.

Crile seems to be keenly aware of the achievement of color painting. Perhaps she is equally concerned with the limits placed on modernist painting by Cubism, because the image she works with clearly relates to the pictures which portrayed Cubism

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