New York

Larry Poons

Lawrence Rubin Gallery

Larry Poons showed more of his heavily textured abstractions at Rubin. Not much different from last year’s, these are more calculatingly cropped, more often interrupted with wide scraped areas serving as elements of balance. The question of allover painting has disappeared from Poons’ work: these are large abstract machines whose internal workings are traditionally compositional. They have aningratiating energy, an aura of per sistent struggle and unrelenting concern to establish a purity of esthetic motive, but this is their least interesting quality. They are more striking in their innocence, their suggestion that the artist is un aware of certain unproductive contradictions in his work between intention and achieved result.

These contradictions began to appear with Poons’ first poured paintings. In an interview with Phyllis Tuchman (Artforum, December, 1970), he said he was surprised

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