New York

Paul Brach

Lerner-Heller Gallery

Of his newest paintings of horses running beneath mountains and mesas, Paul Brach wrote last summer, “During the 9 years I spent in California, my paintings evolved into abstract landscapes evoking the silent spaces of the Southwest. Upon my return to New York, the covert landscape became overt. These new paintings are about a dreamspace—mountains, mesas, grazing and running horses—an ideal place distanced by reveries and memories of boyhood summers on a ranch in Arizona.” We can infer a good deal about these pictures from the fact of Brach’s return to New York, which seems bound up with their two most obvious aspects: their eccentricity and their being of and about the West.

Brach says the paintings began with those of Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs that show the sequential movements of horses running. The two earliest new Brach pictures do show a fairly close relation to Muybridge—in

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