New York

Kim MacConnel

Holly Solomon Gallery

Kim MacConnel is one of the best and most interesting painters among the young decorative and color painters. He is also the one who is discussed often and favorably in relation to Matisse. He paints bold and big on fabric prints, taking his imagery from nature and nostalgia, the latter including vintage American mass-cultural icons from the ’40s through the ’60s. He paints in acrylics and metals; stitches vertical strips of painted fabrics together to generate individual works; leaves the bottoms uneven and unhemmed; and, finally, hangs these paintings unframed. Except for the common interest in natural forms, there’s not a lot about his work to recall Matisse—or the Fauves for that matter. Still, MacConnel and company have already been called “The New Fauves” in an exhibition at the Neue Valerie-Ludwig Collection in Aix-la-Chapelle, West Germany.

MacConnel’s recent show provided a good

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