new-york

Albert E. Gallatin

Zabriskie Gallery

Paintings by Albert E. Gallatin from the ’30s were shown in November at the Zabriskie Gallery. For the purpose of the exhibition “the ’30s” meant 1936–40, simply because Gallatin was doing Realist painting for the ten years before that. When you come down to it, the period covered was really 1936–39, except for one collage that wasn’t finished by New Year’s. I mention this because it may indicate the beginnings of an overenthusiasm that we could do without. It is true that a lot of decent American modernist painting got overlooked. But we can already sense the beginnings of an indiscriminate antiquarianism, a pure salesroom fashion not unlike that for so-called Depression glass. Depression glass, for anyone in the dark, is not made by a special mold process. It is simply junk glassware whose only claim to rarity is that plastics have driven it underground: the word “Depression” is used in

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