New York

Jack Beal

Frumkin Gallery

There’s a lot more flash in Jack Beal’s paintings, in his obviously contrived compositions (“contrived” is not intended as a negative term), and in his garish colors. Beal’s show of four paintings at Frumkin also presents two similar paintings for comparison, but in this case, the distinctions are sharp ones. It’s not difficult to see Beal’s two versions of Danae, of 1965 and 1972, as developing from Titian’s painting of the same title, at least, in terms of the poses and the positioning of the figures. As Beal leaves out any suggestion of imminent impregnation by a shower of gold, it can be assumed that the title of the paintings refers to the Titian painting rather than mythology. The first version of Danae is, in one sense, wilder, and, in another sense, more conservative, than the second version; it is wilder in terms of greater complication of content and composition, and conservative

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