New York

Valerie Jaudon

Sidney Janis Gallery

Valerie Jaudon’s paintings have long been rationalist anomalies amid the sensualist extravaganzas of the so-called “pattern and decoration” group. Like her peers Robert Kushner and Kim MacConnel, Jaudon was a protégé of the late Amy Goldin, the American critic who almost single-handedly posited a theoretical alternative to the ideological stranglehold reductivism had over advanced art in the late ’60s. Radically unlike the other two painters, however, Jaudon has been an abstractionist in all her work. Her affinities seem to have been more for certain aspects of Frank Stella’s early-to-middle-period paintings—especially his treatment of form in a geometry-based, allover drawing style—than anything else.

From the first, her paintings have shared a structural order: bands of unmodulated, troweled-on color are separated from one another by thin stripes of uncolored canvas and arranged so as to

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