New York

Jake Berthot

O.K. Harris Works of Art

Jake Berthot's painting has always hovered in the vicinity of Marden, Johns, and Motherwell. This is not bad company and Berthot seemed to indicate that he would eventually develop, by doing many paintings which almost made it, some of which were really good. His work seemed credibly different from Marden's—its was funkier and more flamboyant and he was interested in a more exact, robust color. His heavier surfaces sometimes seemed lifeless, as if they didn't have his complete attention. Now Berthot seems to have applied this quality to all aspects of his work.

Each painting is a modest vertical rectangle, slightly wide, and is either gray or a sour olive green. His color, often a saving, seductive grace, has become uniform and chintzy. In each, a rectangle is defined by a low horizontal line, two vertical ones close to either edge and the top edge of the painting. The lines are drawn in

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