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Stanley Boxer, Paradisicalsuccors, 1990, mixed media on board, 26 3/4 x 13 5/8".

Stanley Boxer

Spanierman Gallery

Stanley Boxer, Paradisicalsuccors, 1990, mixed media on board, 26 3/4 x 13 5/8".

Stanley Boxer (1926–2000) has been called a Color Field painter, but I don’t think that does justice to his works—or at least not to the paintings he made in the 1990s, nineteen of which were on view in this exhibition (along with one canvas from 1960 and one from 1973). In these works, Boxer’s fields of color are not as uniformly smooth as Ellsworth Kelly’s in his hard-edge Color Field paintings, nor are they as ingeniously blended, even magically merged, as Morris Louis’s in his stained paintings. What distinguishes Boxer’s paint-saturated canvases from these supposed epitomes of the Color Field mode is their opulence, their (some would say) rank profusion of colors. At their best, as in Broideriesfromadark and Paradisicalsuccors, both 1990, they are a kind of luxury painting, in the Latin sense of luxuria—that is, they involve an extravagant excess of color. Such

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