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Larry Zox

Stephen Haller Gallery

If you’re interested in modernism’s effluence, you might take a look at the work of Wade Guyton, Carrie Moyer, Sam Durant, Jorge Pardo, or Milena Dragicevic. Taken as a group, these artists address both modernism’s formal emphases and that quintessentially modern idea that vanguard art should go hand-in-hand with vanguard politics. Consider, for example, Barnett Newman, in 1962: “Harold Rosenberg challenged me to explain what one of my paintings could possibly mean to the world. My answer was that if he and others could read it properly, it would mean the end of all state capitalism and totalitarianism.” It’s a long way from this kind of idealism to today’s artists; or to the work of Larry Zox, a largely forgotten painter whose career was the subject of a recent thumbnail survey at Stephen Haller Gallery.

A third-generation postwar American abstractionist, Zox started his career in the

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