New York

Joseph Goto

Zabriskie Gallery

Joseph Goto showed 23 sculptures. The works, dating from the mid ’50s to the mid ’60s, are of steel and are mostly table-sized, although there were also photographs of two recent, large-scale public pieces (one being installed for a stint in the little square across from Lincoln Center).

During the decade in question Goto worked in a plastic, even malerisch, expressionist mode. He hovers stylistically between men like Lipton and Ferber on one side and Smith on the other. His emotionalism is less assaulting than the former but less elegantly resolved than the latter. The expressionism reveals itself in a slam-bang attitude toward a material that can “take it,” even though Goto can be highly successful on a small scale, in reductive ways, without any feeling of miniaturization. An example of this strength at close quarters is No. 18, 1960, which, for a man interested in guts, is utterly tiny

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