New York

Willard Boepple

Lori Bookstein Fine Art

At Lori Bookstein, Willard Boepple exhibited six recent sculptures, five of them of a type he calls “Looms.” The basic structural idea, as always in his art, is deceptively simple: Within what the press release described as a “box-like frame” linear elements of various lengths run from side to side (also, less emphatically but nevertheless tellingly, between front and back), either horizontally or slanting; some extend slightly beyond the “frame.” Boepple characteristically works in wood, and indeed two of the most beautiful pieces, Burnley and Preston, both 2008, are in poplar, the first painted a warm brick red, the second a pale yellow. The other four sculptures have been made in aluminum, and two have been painted as well (Hawick, 2008, in dark red, Blackburn, 2007, in dark earth green). Irish Corners #2, 2008 (the most David Smith–like of the group, and the only one not from the “

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