los-angeles

Robert Ackerman

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

A vital and long-lived tradition of reductive abstract painting has existed in Los Angeles since the ’50s, though it has seldom attracted national attention. John McLaughlin is perhaps its most distinguished founding father, and his work has been widely appreciated by young Los Angeles painters. Robert Ackerman’s work is rooted in this tradition of reductive abstraction, but it is much too sensuous, too physical and open to tonal variation and antigeometric curves to be a strict interpretation of the reductivist canon.

In his second one-man show, Ackerman gives evidence of a maturity and complexity unexpected in the debut of a young painter. This was a small show of four large canvases, dark, multilayered, shadowy fields of warm black and brown with undercurrents of grayed ocher. They have the somber intensity and sense of wholeness that have been constant in Ackerman’s work over the past

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