new-york

Donald Sultan

Knoedler & Company

With such unlikely materials as tar, vinyl, Spackle, and Masonite, Donald Sultan builds up his thoroughly elegant paintings, which monumentalize such ephemera as the swirling of smoke rings or a glimpse of two birds landing. Other subjects are only somewhat less transitory, such as the close-up still lifes featuring elephantine black eggs placed amid ripening apples or within checkerboard patterns of yellow roses or half-ripened tomatoes. In these, Sultan seems concerned with the impressions made by organic surfaces, whose contours and colors he often renders with a delicate-looking, waxy opacity. The overall effect of his work, however, is more surreal than naturalistic. The dark, portentous eggs appearing in half of the ten paintings in this exhibit are largely responsible for this. Varying in size from work to work, their surfaces alternating between convex and concave, flat and spherical,

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