Robert De Niro Sr., Woman in Red, 1961, oil on linen, 70 × 54".

Robert De Niro Sr.

DC Moore Gallery

Robert De Niro Sr., Woman in Red, 1961, oil on linen, 70 × 54".

In certain measure, the critical task sheds light on the new as it surveys the old. While the lens and the laptop have inexorably altered our relationship to the brush, must work that reveals a dexterous, evolving hand still be taken for an oddity? The revival of the work of Robert De Niro Sr. (1922–1993) strongly suggests otherwise.

The twenty-nine paintings and drawings in this show were made between 1948 and 1989. The earliest serve to remind us of a different Greenwich Village, a different Little Italy, and a different Fifty-Seventh Street, one along which the blue-chip galleries were situated to the east, the Art Students League to the west. Eighth Street began at the end of St. Marks Place. Further along were bookshops, leather craftsmen, surrealist silversmiths, the New York Studio School (located in the building that housed the original Whitney Museum of American Art), and

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