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Robin Winters

Jeffrey Hoffeld & Company

As certain artists expand upon an earlier body of work that is perhaps sloppy and confrontational, they mute its antiesthetic edge in favor of refinement. But for all the “improvement,” its previous coarseness and fixed inconsistency are often sadly missed. It is in such a way that Robin Winters’ new paintings, which are undoubtedly as masterful and as elegant as any he has produced to date, make one wish that all promising young artists would not mature into the middle-aged-ness of ”great" art. (The broad esthetic jump from old to new was pointed up by the inclusion of Metropolitan Acquaintances, a large framed triptych of 105 drawings dating from 1974 that was the highlight of the show) However, if we now describe Winters’ work as somewhat tame, the domestication of this wild youth has revealed him to have an unexpected command of composition and color as well as of a broader range of

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