New York

“Pioneers Of American Abstraction”

Andrew Crispo Gallery

“Pioneers of American Abstraction” is not historically representative; only a few of the nine painters included seem to have pioneered anything which could be called both abstract and American. There are also several major exclusions. The exhibition consists of 150-odd paintings, watercolors, and collages by Oscar Bluemner, Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Stella, Charles Sheeler, and Max Weber. Despite the fact that the premise posited in its title is not borne out, this exhibition does provide a number of interesting if not unfamiliar insights. The most engrossing of these concern the work of Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Stuart Davis, who are the most important artists in the show and understandably represented by the strongest work.

Dove and O’Keeffe exchange style and imagery throughout the exhibition. At certain points they are almost

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