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Alice Baber

A.M. Sachs

Alice Baber showed recent paintings at A.M. Sachs while that gallery mounted a larger exhibition of both her recent and earlier work at 141 Prince Street. The combined exhibitions cover about 13 years of work and reveal that Baber has progressed toward a form of abstraction that increasingly relates to natural events. Several paintings from 1959–62 consist of round edgeless spheres which spread into each other. The use of a narrow range of bright color, which varies mostly in terms of value, encourages this spread. Several paintings are primarily bright pink with a little red and orange; others are primarily yellow with light green. The paintings are soft and static, like hazy clouds. During the early ’60s Baber began to increase the number of colors, their contrast, and the distinctness of the rounded shapes. The shapes become discrete, amoeboid bubbles, more or less translucent, under-

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