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Donna Moylan

Studio Planita

Donna Moylan’s new work is characterized by extreme pretentiousness and a lack of substance. Only a few months ago she showed a series of paintings based on an elementary figuration—a man/tree dualism—that had the potential for developing into a structured abstraction. But this was hastily discarded. Moylan’s figurative dualism has since found resolution in banal formalism. The recent works consist of cut-out geographical maps juxtaposed against broad-brushed backgrounds of the same color. The color’s tones are appealing, but the artist’s light touch is too often inconsistent. The result is an incomprehensible dialogue between incongruous surfaces.

Il Pilota e la santa (The pilot and the saint, 1985), the painting that opened this show, exemplified how a weak beginning can lower the esthetic level of an entire exhibition. Two black figurines borrowed from Francesco Clemente float against

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