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George Negroponte

John Good Gallery

George Negroponte’s recent paintings are built on a strong, almost architectural structure. Most of these works are slightly vertical, and Negroponte typically divides them in half horizontally, then further divides the top portion with a vertical stripe about a third of the way across. The three roughly rectangular shapes that result are related to one another in their proportions, while at the same time suggesting, in their spiraling progression from the smallest to the largest, both depth and motion. This geometric compositional framework links Negroponte to the mathematical constructions of Minimalism, with its sense of inevitability and immutability, as well as to the raft of current painters who look to Minimalism with nostalgia or distrust.

Negroponte confounds the hypnotic certainty of this kind of composition with his colors—lush clouds of overripe yellows and oranges balanced by

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