Harold Tovish

Addison Gallery of American Art; Howard Yezerski Gallery

Two concurrent exhibitions of Harold Tovish’s work showed this veteran artist still to be relevant and committed to change. The Addispn Gallery retrospective, the first comprehensive survey of Tovish’s art to be assembled since his 1968 exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, contained over 100 works dating from 1948 through 1987, including sculpture, drawings, and prints. The Howard Yezerski Gallery housed a companion exhibition of 16 ink and charcoal works on paper, created in the last two years, and based on the theme of hands. Both shows emphasize the artist’s overwhelming concern with the human figure, and indicate that Tovish, at age 68, is now making his most stunning and original statements. Like Philip Guston in the ’70s, Tovish has developed in recent years into a social activist and expressionist master.

Tovish’s integrity as a draftsman is best indicated in the 1986–88 “Hand”

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