new-york

Robert Duran

Bykert Gallery

Robert Duran seems to be in a similar situation though there is no dominating Caro equivalent in painting. Duran showed six large new paintings at Bykert in bright juicy fruit colors (whatever that means, take it literally rather than as the color of chewing gum) and six watercolors which are pale prototypes of the paintings. In Duran’s paintings, a layer of watery acrylic is soaked into the canvas as a pastel colored ground; over this ground, irregular sort-of-geometric shapes are painted in watery acrylic so that as color-shapes touch, each bleeds into the other causing areas of “dirty” color to offset so much brightness. The shapes are sort-of-geometric in that they are formed essentially of right angles and generally straight lines, but the shapes have so many right angles and are 87 casually hand drawn so as not to be what would normally be thought of as “geometric.” The situation

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