New York

Gary Stephan

Gary Stephan’s third one-man show, which included drawings, sculpture and paintings, was somewhat disappointing. Stephan’s painting has changed, and the four paintings exhibited here, although respectable enough, indicate that it is still in transition. Stephan has abandoned some of his cerebral elegance and is moving toward “real painting.” After working with one or two shapes painted on otherwise bare, shaped canvases, Stephan has returned to the square format and is covering the entire surface again, almost, it seems, as an investigation of the various methods of putting paint on the canvas. The paintings are pale and two-colored: a central squarish shape surrounded by a generous border (drab green around yellow; red around white). The central shapes are all mildly irregular (their top and bottom edges being slightly curved or angled) and all break through the border color, extending,

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