Los Angeles

Manny Farber

Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery

Manny Farber exhibits large, nameless abstractions of collaged paper which give the impression, at least, of having been soaked in dye. The resulting blotches and streaks are “natural,” rather funky, and process-conscious, in contrast to the crisp and sometimes unexpected geometric profiles of the pieces. In most of the works, also, freely swirled streaks or ruled lines of paint act as a foil to the “natural” rhythm and design of the coloring process these are the more interesting pieces.

Farber has been teaching in Southern California since 1970, and shares the local feeling for orchidaceous color; all but two of the abstractions are in what could best be described as easter-egg hues—magenta, baby blue, violet, and that peculiarly vivid pale yellow-orange. The first of the exceptions is a large, brown rectangle with the upper corners rounded and without the lines or swirls of paint to give

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