New York

Julio Larraz

Nohra Haime Gallery

While there are certain subjects, from Latin American dictators to still-life-like interiors, that recur in Julio Larraz’s paintings, he has long been known for the refreshingly expansive range of thematic concerns he has cultivated.

Several paintings from earlier shows that continue to linger in my memory include Four Lobsters in a Tub, 1984, a fabulous red picture made eerily poignant by a single claw that peeks over the side of an enormous pot; Mayday, 1987, a symbolic figurative composition featuring an elderly blond woman, in a big black-rimmed sun hat, standing with a group of military men identifiable as such only by the shapes of their caps barely visible over a wall; and The Voice of the Turtle, 1989, a startling aerial view of a large turtle swimming in a pool of water in which the bulky outlines of the animal add to the enigma of the shadowy depths that fill all but a narrow

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