New York

Stephen Rosenthal and Martin Bressler

55 Mercer Street

Stephen Rosenthal and Martin Bressler are holding a two-man show at the 55 Mercer Street Gallery. Both artists are concerned with line for what it is, and not for its academic design-oriented potential. They regard line almost as a given within a geometrical theorem—line in its conceptual context as Ready-made. Rosenthal has had several exhibitions, but has somehow managed to elude recognition. He works primarily on sections of unstretched canvas, which he first stains with a pale monochromatic wash of india ink (larger ones are done sectionally, sometimes leaving marked areas where the previous wash has dried). Later he systematically scores in long freehand parallel lines using the canvas weave to help guide the path of his pencil. On closer inspection one quickly notices the accidents—they are not mistakes—where the pencil has apparently slipped off its guide on the fabric. There is no

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