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Ron Nagle, Boston Scrambler, 2015, ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, 2 × 4 1/2 × 3".

Ron Nagle

Matthew Marks Gallery | 502 W. 22nd Street

Ron Nagle, Boston Scrambler, 2015, ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, 2 × 4 1/2 × 3".

Ron Nagle is something of a legend—a sculptor working in clay, an alumnus of the celebrated “pot shop” of Peter Voulkos, and as such a significant figure in the development of modern art in California. He is also a rock musician who has moved in the world of Jefferson Airplane, Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder, and others, and if you ever wondered who created the sound effects for William Friedkin’s 1973 film The Exorcist, now you know. Strange that he’s had enough time to make art, and to make it so well.

This show included mostly work from the last year or so, with drawings relating to it or from the same period, a scattering of somewhat older pieces, and a group of four bronze cups from 1991. As is usual with Nagle, none of the sculptures was more than a few inches high, with seven inches falling on the tall side. The new works deal programmatically with the principle of

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