Manny Farber

Dietrich Jenny Gallery

Manny Farber’s paintings haven’t changed much in the past few years, they’ve just gotten better. The works are more subtle, both in color and form; the palette has become richer and the application of the paint more graceful. This exhibition of new works shows Farber making some of his most beautiful paintings in recent years.

Still life is currently Farber’s favored medium, and he has breathed new life into this traditional art form. Each of the pictures, all of which are painted with oil on board, is composed of a scattering of objects laid out on a background of one or more colored panels. In the smaller works the compositions are necessarily simple. In the larger ones, however, Farber has continued to devise a complex choreography of objects that often leads the eye in circles and spirals across the surface of the picture. Although the objects at first appear to be randomly placed,

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