New York

Dale Henry

John Weber Gallery

My psyche involuntarily lit up when I read the titles of Dale Henry’s works, words like Cadmium Vermilion (Barium) Red. Color names have a strange charisma, and some of that sensation carried over to the pieces themselves. “How very curious it is, how very bizarre,” I mumbled, after Ionesco’s Bald Soprano, as I sized up one of his interior arrangements: a stretched canvas, a table and chair, all drenched in pure red monochrome against the black floor and white wall. It had a curious, bizarre and bald aspect to it, at first impression. The rest is that very Dale Henry tour de force of fragmented, tedious visual sensibility of intelligence.

Let’s examine one of his interiors. Pure Cobalt Blue, Bedroom is a “painting” conglomerate: an office chair and a little hallway-type table are painted all over in matching blue and positioned in front of a stretched canvas of the same color. Buried in

Sign-in to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the April 1979 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.