new-york

Jake Berthot, Jim Huntington And Harvey Quaytman

David McKee Gallery

The recent three-man show at the David McKee Gallery was in the nature of an interim report on the artists featured: Jake Berthot, Jim Huntington And Harvey Quaytman. In summary, Huntington has made a change, Quaytman has stayed put, and Berthot has done some of both.

Berthot made his mark with Rothko-esque color expanses set in “frames” of a related color. Last season, he shifted to a smaller format. The surface became less atmospheric; the framing device took on overtones of carpentry. In other words, a door- or wall-like effect was achieved. One of these paintings appeared in this show. Along with it were paintings on paper—something new for Berthot. Layers of enamel—usually grayish or brownish, but occasionally a bright, commercial yellow—are applied and scraped off. The resulting texture is extremely familiar. One finds variants of it in painters as different as de Kooning, Johns and

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