new-york

“Generation”

Susan Caldwell Gallery

I think we’ve reached a crisis in abstract painting. It’s ironic that I should feel this after seeing “Generation,” because most of the 19 painters in this show organized by Michael Walls are good ones, and most were represented by strong examples of their recent work.

The 19 artists were: Jo Baer, Frances Barth, Jake Berthot, Jerry Buchanan, William Conlon, Stuart Diamond, Porfirio DiDonna, Ron Gorchov, Tom Holland, Ralph Humphrey, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Elizabeth Murray, Doug Ohlson, Robert Ryman, Joan Snyder, Frank Stella, Robert Swain and Joan Thorne.

Any attempt to generalize about these 19 seems doomed to failure, because I can think of at least one exception to every generalization. (Joan Snyder manages to be an exception to almost all my generalizations.)

The generalizations that do apply to all are Walls’ criteria for including them. All are abstract painters born in the United

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