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Sam Francis

Andre Emmerich Gallery

Sam Francis has made some adjustments in his most recent style. Broad multi-colored strips still crisscross each other on broad blank expanses of canvas—most of the works exhibited in his latest show are in the vicinity of six by nine feet. Five years ago, these color strips had retreated to the edges, where they framed a central emptiness. Since then, they have moved inward and multiplied until now sets of them appear in radiant or parallel formations.

These developments have affected Francis’ color. In the paintings just previous to these, unmixed acrylics were allowed to float, to expand along wetted areas of the canvas. The hues within each strip were usually discrete; little mixing occurred. Francis has encouraged a great deal of color mixing in these new works. In addition, the new crowding of the surface tends to undercut the color-strips’ clarity of shape. Edges have been allowed

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