new-york

Terry Winters

Sonnabend Gallery

Terry Winters’ organic forms are wanderers across and within the picture planes. They stop short only at moments of realization. The twenty or so works here, the produce of the last six months, reveal a diarist’s frame of mind, and Winters’ entries on botanical and mineral subjects, if indifferent from the naturalist’s point of view, make a beautiful, studied account of the biology of painting.

In the small- and middle-sized paintings Winters presents his specimens in varied aspects, at various stages of maturation and dissection, in unpatterned groupings, on subtle but heavily worked grounds. His colors—the muddy pinks, clay and slate tones, dark umbers, and soft blacks of the earth—immediately dispel any suggestion of the laboratory microscope and root these subjects in their fields of association: not color fields, but landscape. The paintings, in other words, are pastorals, and these

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