New York

Gabriel Laderman

Schoelkopf Gallery

Gabriel Laderman’s recent exhibit at Schoelkopf consisted of portraits, double portraits, landscapes, portraits in landscape, and still lifes—all the genres whose validity this embattled Realist feels he must establish. It would be convenient but quite distorting to look at Laderman’s work apart from his extensive commentary on Realism. Laderman the writer is hard to place. He is somewhere between critic, historian, esthetician, and polemicist, adopting each role as it appears useful. He is an interesting writer because he has reintroduced an important topic into recent discussion: the modernist personality, not as it is guided and dominated by the modernist mainstream, but as it self-consciously defies the mainstream, as it attempts to be subversive. This has led him to consider—often in a spotty way—the development of the personality in the modernist period. He discovers the usual

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