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Harry Kramer

55 Mercer Street Coop

Harry Kramer is another. His show at 55 Mercer Street of very large black-and-white geometrical paintings was dedicated to Izaak Walton, who wrote a great deal about fishing, because Kramer is an inveterate angler himself. The paintings (full of angles) are wittily titled with lines about fishing. Kramer has been painting Neoplastically during much of the ’60s, consciously trying to invest his former Kline-like imagery with the structural inevitability of a Mondrian. He alternates between black-and-white and color paintings, but for the past few years he has been working primarily in black-and-white. The powerful linear thrust of his recent work is close to that of Al Held, but Held’s Baroque geometry is not reflected in the austere expanses of Kramer’s light-filled paintings. His faceted, collagelike space is comprised of massive overlapping planes of loosely brushed white paint that is

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