San Francisco

Manuel Neri

Paule Anglim Gallery

MANUEL NERI’s recent work continues to reflect ideas which the artist has pursued for 20 years or so, ever since he gave up his connection with the Bay Area figurative painters and turned to constructing and extracting expressionist human forms from plaster. The connection has not been totally abandoned because Neri still applies paint to his figures in such a way that one would never think of them as painted figures, but rather as plaster figures to which different colors of paint have been desultorily applied.

Neri’s color is brushed on in fragments. Some of his figures are fragments, some of them are in the process of coming apart and seem composed of separating fragments, and all of them add up, not to a whole, as one might suspect, but to fragments of ideas which the viewer is left to complete, match up or speculate further upon. In Sancas Rojas, n.d., and La Nina de la Piedra, 1978,

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