New York

David Stoltz

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

DAVID STOLTZ’ sculpture at Tibor de Nagy doesn’t raise any new problems or solve any old ones, though it gets increasingly more difficult to remember what the old problems were. Stoltz’ sculptures are of bent steel bars of varying widths bolted or welded within the formalist conventions established more or less by Anthony Caro. Caro’s domination of formalist sculpture is apparent in Stoltz’ work not because Stoltz’ work looks like Caro’s, but because Stoltz’ sculptures appear to be trying not to look like Caro’s while remaining with .in formalist conventions. Stoltz’ sculptures would not be mistaken for Caro’s, or for work Caro might have done, but it could be mistaken for the work of other sculptors generally in the same boat: trying to get out from underneath Caro, but not formalism. The problem seems to be that formalism in sculpture, at least now, is identi cal with Caro’s sculpture.

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