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Ralph Humphrey

Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea

Throughout his three-decade career, Ralph Humphrey (1932–1990) neither submitted to nor reacted against the agendas of successive art-world movements. Though he began exhibiting in 1958 at a moment that can be seen to mark the beginning of the art world’s turn toward Minimalism and Pop art, Humphrey never became an orthodox practitioner of either style. By the mid ’60s, however, he had abandoned the allover gestural paintings with which he inaugurated his career, and had come to be considered, along with Brice Marden, a “romantic Minimalist.” This is the closest he ever got to the mainstream; and it was from this period that the 11 works in the exhibition “Frame Paintings: 1964 to 1965” were selected. In retrospect, these breakthrough paintings not only reveal the artist establishing the foundation for his subsequent efforts, but they also underscore his commitment to the possibilities of

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