New York

David Hare

Allesandra Gallery

David Hare is almost 60. In the 1940s and early ’50s he was among those artists whose concern with myth as a metaphor for creativity drew them to tap the deep atavistic forces in the Jungian “collective unconscious.”

Now the spotlight of relevancy has moved on, leaving Hare and his work in the shadows. He says, “I’m not interested in history.” Does he mean the history of new trends and ideas? Perhaps he means the recent thousands of years of history since we started to write and since the death of the early gods. Dylan Thomas writes in A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London: “After the first death, there is no other.”

For Hare, the “first death” is that of Cronus, the father of Zeus, devourer of his children, a dark, creative/destructive force in the ancient Greek pantheon. All the paintings, drawings and sculpture in this exhibition (Hare’s first in New York since 1969),

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