New York

David Novros

Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery

David Novros’ paintings have changed very little since he gave up working with strict modular units. Some things, like his use of dull color, have not changed at all. He shares his latest style with a host of other painters engaged with mammoth size, dark, unrelieved color and absence of imagery. The move occurred when they all gave up Newman for Still, dropping control for indecisiveness.

In one of the new paintings, Novros introduced a very definite architectural element into the old, meandering ensemble of rectangular shapes, trying something “new” at the risk of looking “bad’” The alien appendage turned out to be disastrous, and not at all refreshing or invigorating. Although Novros painted this peaked rooftop in precisely the same washy manner we are used to, it nevertheless stuck out like a deformity, one the artist was ashamedly self-conscious of. It’s fine to add things to your art

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