Bob Law

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Bob Law’s career sounds like the plot of a movie. The young artist, while living in a Cornish cottage, is befriended by Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, and other members of the St. Ives set. He reads Ouspensky and Gurdjieff. He spends long afternoons drawing in the fields, exploring his relationship to nature. In 1959 he travels to London,where he sees work by Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman at the Tate Gallery’s “New American Painting” show. His intuitions are confirmed. The next year he’s in a two-person show at the Institute of Contemporary Art and is included in the seminal “Situation” exhibition. The future, it seems, is set . . .

Now the story takes a twist. The early drawings of actual fields and boundaries, of real topography, are translated into a metaphysic of planes and edges. Symbols come and go. Mysticism and alchemy replace the common light of day. The field becomes a solid plane

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