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Peter Schuyff

This two-gallery exhibition of recent work by Peter Schuyff featured acrylic paintings and watercolors. At Castelli's, Schuyff showed six very large untitled paintings, all from 1987, and three smaller ones, from 1986 and '87. A grid underlies all nine of these paintings, although it is often distorted in some way, sometimes suggesting the complex visual effects of Op art, especially the works of Victor Vasarely. In one, the grid is painted as if seen through a fish-eye lens; in another, it is implied by a regular pattern of blazelike spots; in a third, it seems to throb subtly on the surface. At Pat Hearn's, Schuvff showed 33 watercolors, from 1986 and '87, some of them studies for the paintings at Castelli's. Both the acrylic paintings and the watercolors have a luminosity that comes from the layering of thin, diluted pigments (one of the acrylic paintings has 26 layers). The watercolors

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