New York

Larry Brown

Carlo Lamagna Gallery

Never in the history of art has painting meant more things to more people, with no clear consensus about the means to be used or the ends worth achieving. Such pluralism has contributed to painting's basically healthy state in the late 1980s. The current popular approaches cover a wide range of formal and thematic practices, from the revival of various academic and Modernist styles to an ironic strategy of simulation. This variety of options includes Larry Brown's deeply affirmative approach to painting, based on his belief in the medium as a means of miraculous communication.

Brown's recent show was one of the strongest so far in New York this season. Featured were a group of six new paintings made of rectangular wooden panels of different sizes and shapes joined together to form multipartite pictorial reliefs. The surfaces of these psychically imposing structures have been painted with

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