Barry Le Va

Sonnabend Gallery

A show like this couldn’t have happened at a better time. To an art world still hung up on fleeting trends and “isms,” it demonstrated the importance of two elements, too often ignored and swept under the critical rug, that nevertheless can withstand the test of time: creative commitment and integrity. Each element was present in abundance in this succinct though revealing survey of Barry Le Va’s drawings.

This display, which included work from the late ’60s to 1985, was revealing of Le Va’s distinctively analytical approach toward drawing. This approach is inextricably tied to the needs of his sculpture, which the activity of drawing serves as a means of both generating and working out ideas. In some instances the drawings are the sources of new ideas or the means to clarify sculptural issues; others are drawings after completed sculptures. While knowing which category a specific drawing

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