New York

Ed Moses

Sidney Janis Gallery

The titles of the first three paintings in Ed Moses’ show are R-1, Y-1, B-1. What additional information do you need? Obviously, one is going to be red, one yellow, one blue—three square canvases, each all one primary color. I think the paint is car enamel, but the paintings look like refrigerator doors, not car doors. The paint is rather like Poptarts icing—slick, smooth, chemical, stopping at the edge, flat and in-penetrable. You couldn’t will any depth into them. There is a layeredness in Marden’s work that gives an ambiguous shallowness. There are crosses in Reinhardt. There is an absolute flatness and an infinite depth to a Newman. Yves Klein achieved depth through texture. Kelly’s paintings are incorrigibly pictorial.

Moses will not have any of this. His paintings are ridiculous and serious about it. Three square canvases, utterly uninflected, one in red, one in yellow, one in blue?

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