New York

Farrell Brickhouse

Max Protetch

One threat to current painting is that as a result of consciousness-raisers such as Barbara Rose a sheer smallness of conception may triumph. Farrell Brickhouse has chosen an unfortunate time to make his appearance; his problem is not that his idea of what painting can do is flawed, but simply that he would prefer to be Dufy than Picasso. Forced to reach for unfashionable terms such as “panache,” “brio,” "insouciance”—all foreign, you notice—critics run the risk of forgetting to discuss what he is trying to do, and of mistaking his range and approach. Brickhouse himself doesn’t help; his homage to Russian Constructivism and the Fauves has the air of a young musician with a new instrument, testing it excitedly to hear how it sounds, making arbitrary runs and embellishments just for the fun of it.

The worst thing to be said about the paintings is that the idea of internal motifs echoing the

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