New York

Charles Hinman

Denise René Gallery

Charles Hinman’s work takes us back to the period when there were lots of shows with scientific sounding titles like “Quantum I”—the name of the first New York group show in which he participated in 1964. Hinman’s work is incredibly impeccable but, as James Collins recently said in connection with the similar impeccability of John McCracken’s work, times have changed.

Hinman hasn’t developed the interest in materiality and physical process which is the difference between the painting of the last few years and that of the previous decade. Hinman’s shaped canvases have more to do with the “late Constructivism” of Ed Ruda’s Supermarket Angel, 1965, than with either Stella or the originally Pop-inspired, three-dimensional paintings of Richard Smith. But where Ruda was concerned in 1965 with color as an “optical” disturbance on a flat surface, Hinman is not. Instead, his dependence on Johannes

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