New York

John Moore

Hirschl & Adler Modern

John Moore’s recent paintings add up to a revelation of sorts. Esthetically speaking, they show the critical bum rap that contemporary Realism is getting whenever it is accused of being overly dry, narrow, or matter-of-fact. To emphasize this point further, I think that even the most determined detractor of this style would have been hard put to state a case after seeing this show.

Moore’s Augusta, 1985, a panoramic view of a small Maine town on a sunny summer day, is a painting so thoroughly steeped in the sheer pleasures of both life and art that it immediately enchants the eye and upon contemplation touches the heart. With the world as his focus and his own sophisticated sensibility as his guide, Moore in this and other paintings directs attention to the psychic core as well as the poetic urgency of his vision. Moore works in a crisp and specific mode of rendering that is dependent

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