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Sylvia Stone

Andre Emmerich downtown

At the extreme end of the spectrum—as far away from naturalism as you can get—is the geometric abstraction of Sylvia Stone’s glassy green and smoky gray Plexiglas sculptures on view at the Andre Emmerich Gallery in Soho—Crystal Palace and Another Place. These works, plus two smaller pieces, demonstrate some of the problems presented by the contemporary need for “truth to materials.” Stone is working in a transparent material, but she seems to be caught in a dilemma between her love of Plexiglas for its own sake and the fact that she utilizes it to form solid, planar shapes which we are accustomed to seeing opaquely, as we see the shapes of David Smith, Alexander Lieberman, and Anthony Caro, from which her forms clearly devolve. She has nevertheless produced work that is sumptuous in its materiality. It parallels the recent large tinted glass sculptures of Larry Bell in this respect, but

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