New York

Richard Francisco

Betty Parsons Gallery

Richard Francisco’s work, like that of Don Johnson to some extent, indirectly plugs into the traditions of Joseph Cornell, Lucas Samaras, and H.C. Westermann, and more directly into the work of William Wiley, which by now seems almost to mean the San Francisco tradition. This doesn’t say much about Francisco’s work except to roughly describe the sort of work he does. The primary difference between Francisco’s works and the works of those artists mentioned, with the exception of Cornell, is in its subtlety and delicacy. Francisco’s works are physically delicate, minute, and lightweight. There is a kind of preciousness, not necessarily the preciousness of the art object, but of the thing that will easily break if not handled with great care.

Generally, Francisco’s works consist of tiny assemblages on a small piece of unstretched canvas tacked to the wall. The unstretched canvas, with one or

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