new-york

Harvey Quaytman

David McKee Gallery

Harvey Quaytman’s paintings are very curious. He showed a whole suite of them, every one of which seemed to me exactly the same in shape and structure. Normally this would not be unusual, except that the shape and structure repeated was so unusual. The paintings were a conglomeration of small, irregular shapes near the floor with one very long and narrow section which jutted upward almost out of view. Of the smaller shapes, only one had a generally nameable look: it was placed on the far right of the long narrow member, and had an arched upper right-hand side. The question one asks about this odd combination of dissociated shapes is: as a unit, does it carry specific reference (skyscraper, phallus, etc.), is it meant to be only generally allusive (architectural, sexual, etc.), can it be read as a bundle of art historical moments (deco, late-’60s shaped canvas), or all these things, or some

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