New York

e.e. cummings

Gotham Book Mart Gallery

The Gotham Book Mart Gallery is showing paintings and drawings by e.e. cummings. Cummings was an uneven artist. His best art seems to have been done before the promise of his writing fully bloomed.

Gotham has a tremendous range of cummings’ work culled from the estate of his widow, only a part of which can hang at one time. It is a pleasure to look through stacks and stacks of pictures and occasionally to come across things as intense and lovely as the ink wash drawings Fuchnal and Landscape. The junk in between makes looking all the more fun.

Most of the portraits, including paintings and drawings of the artist himself, tend to be drab and splotchy. The best pieces are some small, intense pastels of women from the early ’30s. The Woman in Striped Skirt, for instance, is astonishingly well put together and radiates a controlled, vivid color. At this point it seems that cummings was under

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