New York

William Dole

Staempfli Gallery

Collage is a medium capable of incorporating elements of drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings, and as such it is probably the most enigmatic and elusive means of expression in 20th-century art. The technique offers endless formal and thematic possibilities, and it is a demanding discipline which tests both an artist’s imagination and his or her powers of communication. Still, many collages today are only pleasant to look at or only interesting to think about. Rare are the examples that move us intellectually and emotionally in the way that good drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings can.

William Dole’s collages here, however, are both provocative and powerful. This retrospective featured a selection of works dating from the early ’60s through the early ’80s. For Dole, who died in 1983 at the age of 65, collage afforded a means to speak in quiet but confident, and wondrously

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