new-york

Don Cole, Richard tum Suden

Nancy Hoffman Gallery

In the current period of post-Minimal impurity, a tendency to overdo is beginning to emerge that may undermine recent gains in pictorial complexity. There was considerable evidence to this effect on the walls of the Whitney Museum during the Biennial where overly detailed and redundant paintings seemed to predominate. Much the same must be said for the recent show of paintings by Don Cole and Richard Tum Suden at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

What possessed gallery or artists to mount a joint exhibition of two such similar painters is beyond my comprehension. Both artists use a wide variety of imagery and handling within a given work—Cole on loose sheets of canvas tacked to the wall, tum Suden on traditional stretched canvases. Both men disperse visual incident over their surfaces is such a way that the pigment seems to be located on a transparent screen in front of the picture plane.

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